The Investigator’s Handbook: A Guide to Using OpenCorporates


This guide is dedicated to the investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was murdered near her home in Malta on the 16th of October 2017, following a series of stories she did around the Panama Papers. Daphne fought tirelessly against corruption, and her contributions will be sorely missed. 

We’d like to take this as opportunity to send our thoughts to the Caruana Galizia family, and assert our support for investigative journalists around the world. 

When the Panama Papers leaked in 2015, one of the many things they shed light on was the importance of investigative journalists working to uncover the complex ways power runs through our society.

OpenCorporates relies on the data we make available being converted into information by investigative journalists, researchers and analysts. While ensuring company data is easily accessible is a large enough task, the people who weave together narratives from that data are just as vital to our mission of fighting corruption and organised crime.

This guide is a living handbook, providing resources and inspiration to help investigators use OpenCorporates to explore the corporate world. Although intended for investigators, we hope all API users will find it to be helpful.

If there’s anything we’ve missed, or you’d like to access our data for an investigation we’d love to hear from you!

  1. Useful Blogs
  2. Case Studies
  3. API Use Cases
  4. Investigations and Reports
  5. Other Resources

Useful Blogs

Case Studies

The latest blog posts about how organisations have used OpenCorporates’ data to power investigations or due diligence can often be found on our Case Studies page.

API Use Cases

Investigations and Reports

Other Resources

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