OpenCorporates’ mission is to make company information more widely available for the public good – including for NGOs, anti-corruption investigators, academics and, of course, journalists.
This last group is one we not only encourage to use our data, but also work heavily to support – by providing them data dumps, giving them API access, and supporting them with their queries and even doing training sessions, both at data journalism events, and at major news organisations such as the Financial Times, New York Times, etc.
However, journalists are busy, sometimes have limited technical skills, and yet often need to combine OpenCorporates data with other datasets. Many times these investigations need to be conducted securely on platforms that they already use.
Given that, we’re delighted to announce that last week we signed a Memorandum of Understanding to supply our data in bulk to the superb Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. This will allow OpenCorporates’ data to appear on their Investigative Dashboard platform, and also for OCCRP to use our trusted, high-quality legal entity data in their important and groundbreaking investigations, such as the Russian Laundromat.
“Corporate ownership data is a fundamental building block in every cross-border investigation we do. Increased access to open companies data is helping us uncover corruption”, says Drew Sullivan, editor of OCCRP.
Over the next couple of months, OpenCorporates data will begin appearing on OCCRP, and we, we hope, making life significantly more difficult for those using companies for criminal or corrupt purposes.