Wanted: great (white hat) scraper/bot writers to help save the world

OpenCorporates is growing, and looking for more great bot and scraper coders – to help fulfil its mission to open up the world’s official public information on companies.

This is of vital importance today – giving visibility to hundreds of thousands of users around the world; tomorrow, with an explosion in the number, speed and complexity of companies, it will be essential for fair and free societies.

We write, run and maintain hundreds of scrapers and bots – bots that integrate with APIs, that download open data dumps. Bots that make sense of messy data and put it into our standardised schema, working with our expert Data Analysts.

We’re particularly looking for highly talented bot writers who both understand how to extract data from legacy, messy or plain broken public websites, AND who want to work to help achieve our critical public-benefit mission.

This is ethical bot writing – done well, and for a higher purpose. We don’t hack. We don’t bombard our sources. In fact our goal is to persuade all company registers to be open data, so we – and everyone else – no longer need to scrape. Over the past eight years we have been highly successful at this, so that an increasing proportion of our bots now interact with structured data (although we think scraping will be necessary for the foreseeable future).

Our bots are currently written in Ruby – so experience with this is a requirement. This is a full-time position, either in London, or remote, although we would consider part-time positions for the right applicants.

If you think you’ve got what it takes, read the job description and put your bot-writing talent to use for a higher purpose.

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