Weekly StandUp #11: 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
Shyam and Peter are working on mapping BNP Paribas and fixing old bots, alongside writing a few new ones. We also worked on the Danish XBRL so we can have financial data for danish companies.

Did you know v0.4 of our API is now the default with many sexy/new features? Read about it here.


Bots submitted by community members…. from Peter Evans.
This week, we had a #FlashHacks event at London and Berlin. The Berlin event was organised by Knut, a fabulous volunteer who took the attendees through writing a bot! In London, we worked on one new bot and mapping the corporate network of Aviva plc. We wanted to choose a FTSE 100 company that was influential in the financial world as this relates to our Map the Banks campaign. So, we chose Aviva and we got were able to map a lot of the hierarchy. We’ll be continuing it online! If you would like to help with this, email hera@opencorporates.com.

Peter Evans has also been working with Knut to get the Sierra leone bot produced at Berlin flashhacks into OpenCorporates and accepted a few bots from the superstar Dinotash accepted which include Grenadan Non-Bank Financial Licences & Romanian Insurance Undertakings. 

Do you want to join the fun and claim an Open Data mission? Here’s what Peter suggests.
MEDIUM : Write a bot for ‘Finance Licences (securities / Insurance) – Securities And Exchange Commission Of Pakistan’
MEDIUM : Write a bot for Finance Licences (securities) – Securities And Exchange Commission (thailand)’
HARD : Write a bot for Finance Licences (securities / Insurance) – Financial Services Authority (indonesia).


The next #FlashHacks is…
Nottingham, 8th May, 4.30 – 8pm >> Join Us!
Ottawa, 24th May, 12.30 – 6.30pm >>  Join Us!
Want to host your own #FlashHacks? Get in touch hera@opencorporates.com .


Events we are speaking at…
Chris spoke at the APIStrat conference in Berlin last week and you can see the writeup about it on Programmableweb here.

Chris is speaking at the 13th Annual North Amercian Offshorealert conference which brings together financial intelligence and investigations community in Miami (May 3-5).


Tweet of the Week

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What else?

  • Our team went for far-too-expensive drinks in Canary Wharf and dinner in Wagamama this week!
  • Hera (me!) has been deep diving into the field of cyber security and is quite surprised these discussions are becoming centre stage around the world. Also tried Kunafeh and really liked it!







  • Seb says the highlight of my week was starting to use a running app that lets him “race” people he has never met.
  • Peter Inglesby got to hear his wife perform in the Barbican hall playing Philip Glass which was a ‘roaring success’ and here’s a Telegraph review of it.