Weekly StandUp #2: What Happened at OpenCorporates

This post is the part of a weekly blogpost series updating you on what’s going on at OpenCorporates this week. Want to help us get more data? Claim a mission!

Data the OpenCorporates team is scraping…. from the Data team (Peter & Shyam)
Business licenses again this week! Business licenses are interesting because they contain information about business activities and may have information like trading names and addresses. This week, we found data sources for US states & scraped scraped business licenses from Missouri, Connecticut, Colorado, Arizona, Vermont, Idaho, Illinois and Utah. The team also looked at how to represent registered addresses in multiple languages. It may sound trivial but it’s not!

Bots submitted by community members…. from Peter Evans.
3 bots are in development this week including the Finance Licences – Central Bank of Kenya mission by Kayyagari and 5 have been submitted. During the #FlashHacks event on Wednesday, we had 3 developers and each one of them submitted a bot! From the bots submitted we’ve seen one that’s scraping financial licenses in Kuwait submitted by Andylolz, and Nambia’s securities and financial licenses by Philip Nye. We’ve been blown away with the hard work dinotash has been putting in for the two tricky missions he chose. He has also been spotting all of the potential difficulties and is working with us to improve our support for them. Similarly, knut’s been putting in some work on Alaska business license & will be hosting a #FlashHacks event in Berlin.

noun_1198Star scraper of the week:  dinotash for his resilience against two tricky bots: Financial Licenses for Sweden and National Banks of Slovakia.

Do you want to join the fun and claim an Open Data mission? Here’s what Peter suggests.
MEDIUM : Write a bot for financial licenses (securities) – Tunisia
MEDIUM : Write a bot for financial licenses – pensions & insurance authority of Zambia
HARD : Write a bot for financial licenses (securities/insurance) for Indonesia

Campaign & Community Update – #MaptheBanks … from Hera & Seb.
This week, we had a #FlashHacks event where we found 50 datasets for aircraft registers. James Moulding won the prize for the most datasets found! We’ve dubbed him “the data source finder”. Our storify of the Open Data Day 2015 has also been making the rounds with over 300 views. Map the Banks has been keeping us busy. We will be inviting all the people who have signed up for Missions to Slack as it’s a good way to have real-time conversations. This was a tough choice and we had many rounds of Slack vs. IRC.


If you’re interested in helping us with analysing the data, join our Google groupWant to join our slack? Email community@opencorporates.com and we’ll add you! We’re also on the hunt for guest bloggers interested in talking about open data, transparency and company data. Sound like you? Sign up.

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flashhacks - andy wins FlashHacks - james wins
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Events we we were at this week….

  • #FlashHacks London
  • Level39 Members Meet


Events we are going to be next week….

  • We have our bimonthly team meeting in London!
  • ODI Startup Dinner

.Know of any event we should be going to?


The next #FlashHacks is…

  • London, 18th March, 5-10pm >> Join Us!
  • Madrid, 18th March with civio >> Details to come!

Want to host your own #FlashHacks? Get in touch hera@opencorporates.com .

Tweet/Social Media Shoutout of the Week

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What else?

  • Peter, our lead Ruby/Python programmer forgot his keys at the #FlashHacks despite telling everybody there that he will not be doing that.
  • Hera (me!) really liked the flag/motif of Uzbekistan:
  • James found a new script used in Maldives while searching for an aircraft register:


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