Weekly StandUp #42: 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. We’ve not posted in a while because our community manager was unwell but we’ve got a full update for you now. Want to help us get more data? Claim a mission!


Data the OpenCorporates team is scraping…. from the Data team
Peter and Shyam have been working on business licenses, and company data importer for the data we had for United States.


Update on what mysterious problem solving they are up to…. from the Dev team
Peter: Ramping up the speed of data dumps
James: Working on the schema for OpenGazettes


Bots submitted & networks mapped by community members…. from Peter Evans & Hera.
We accepted a bot from Ben Parker scraping financial licences from the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (12,847 licences). Bex and Hera are busy preparing for the Trump data launch taking place soon!


We were also featured as an example of open data making change in the world in an article in “The Economist”:  

“Making data public can also fight corruption. Last year IMCO, a Mexican think-tank, found over 1,400 teachers apparently born on the same day in 1912, prompting a purge of the “ghosts” from payrolls. British and Nigerian officials have used property and company registers published by several governments to investigate money-laundering. OpenCorporates, a website, lists the owners of more than 90m companies by pooling registers from over 100 jurisdictions; its users include watchdogs, law firms and tax authorities.”

Want to host your own #FlashHacks? Get in touch hera@opencorporates.com .London >> FlashHacks, 24th November. Join us.


Tweet of the Week

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What else?

  • Shyam took his son to his first zoo visit!
  • Hera is busy organising an event next week she is hosting on the refugee crisis!
  • Peter Evans found a decent vegan gift supplier on amazon!
  • Our API is being used at Accountability Hack in London this weekend. The weekend was organised by National Audit Office and open government enthusiasts.