Weekly StandUp #6: 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)
This week, we scraped alcohol licenses from Virginia, Michigin, Illinois and business licenses from Texas and Alaska.

Bots submitted by community members…. from Peter Evans.
This week we introduced “Meet the Turboteers” series which features profiles of bot-writers who are integral part of powering the data pipeline behind OpenCorporates. Did you read the profile of Salman, one of our super-contributors on our blog? This week has been slow on the community written bots front. We’re hoping to kick things up again soon with another push for #MaptheBanks in the coming week.

Do you want to join the fun and claim an Open Data mission? Here’s what Peter suggests.
EASY : Write a bot for Finance Licences (securities) – Costa Rica
MEDIUM : Write a bot for Finance Licences (securities) – Securities And Exchange Commission (thailand)’
HARD : Write a bot for financial licenses for Ireland

Campaign & Community Update – #MaptheBanks … from Hera & Seb.
Read the write up by Civio on the #FlashHacks event in Madrid. We’ve reached out to everyone who has signed up to write to bot to share the campaign for another shift. Have you shared the campaign with your network?

Here’s a tweet you can use:

“Calling all developers! Join #MaptheBanks campaign to increase transparency in the financial industry. mapthebanks.com #opendata”

Our Slack experiment is also going really well so if you want to be part of our community and get live feedback on bots, data sources or just complain about PDFs – request an invite by emailing hera@opencorporates.com

The next #FlashHacks is…
London, 29th April, 5-10pm >> Join Us!
Berlin, 29th April, 5-10pm >> Join Us!
Nottingham, 23rd Apri, 4.30 – 8pm >> Join Us!

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

Tweet of the Week

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What else?

  • Peter is away on holiday!
  • Chris is really busy this week with the LEI Foundation board meetings.
  • Peter Evans is back from a good trip in Turkey.
  • Shyam found mulberries in his farm in India! It’s a pleasant surprise for him because of its short life, it is hardly found in the markets.
  • Hera (me!) spent 8 hours writing a post on her favourite Urdu poets. Good use of a saturday?

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