Yesterday, OpenCorporates hit the 60 million company mark, with the addition of some new jurisdictions, big and small. The most notable is New York State, with the addition of over 4 million active and dissolved companies. At the other end of the spectrum is Vanuatu, with just 5,147 companies (and in the middle is Puerto Rico, with about 300,000).
New York was a big gap in OpenCorporates, and filling this is at least as big a milestone as hitting 60 million mark, particularly given its importance in the financial industry. However, in a global corporate world even small jurisdictions are important, as Vanuatu shows, as a sizeable proportion of those 5000 companies are offshore entities.
Finally, if you want to meet the OpenCorporates team in person, we’ll be at the following events:
- Joint event with the World Bank at OpenGovHub on opening up the private sector, September 9, Washington DC.
- Open Knowledge Conference, Sept 16-18, Geneva. Chris will be speaking about how and why open data can be not just good, but better than proprietary datasets; Seb will be showing off our soon-to-be released crowdsourcing for corporate networks.
Come and meet us there, and if you’re a Ruby developer who cares about open data and wants some interesting challenges, don’t forget we’re currently hiring.