Modelling the UK Beneficial Ownership data

As we announced earlier this month, OpenCorporates is now pulling in Beneficial Ownership data from the UK's new PSC (Persons of Significant Control) register. This blog post is a somewhat wonkish explanation of how do we model that information (in layman's terms, how we understand the information and store as data), and in particular, how do that … Continue reading Modelling the UK Beneficial Ownership data

UK Beneficial Ownership information now in OpenCorporates

On Friday UK Companies House published the first data from its new 'Persons of Significant Control' (PSC) register (colloquially known as Beneficial Ownership). This is a pretty big deal, for a number of reasons: It's the world's first public national beneficial ownership register It's the first structured beneficial ownership data to be releases publicly It's being … Continue reading UK Beneficial Ownership information now in OpenCorporates

New dataset alert: UK gambling licences

The latest dataset added to OpenCorporates is the list of operator licences from the UK Gambling Commission. This isn’t a huge dataset (nothing compared to the millions of US Business and Professional Licences that we already have), but it is quite interesting nevertheless. First, it’s a key dataset for Anti-Money-Laundering uses, as gambling licences is … Continue reading New dataset alert: UK gambling licences

Public Beneficial Ownership: We need open, not just public data

This morning, at the London Anti-Corruption Summit, it was announced that France, the Netherlands, Nigeria and Afghanistan would create public beneficial ownership registers, and that Australia, New Zealand, Jordan, Indonesia, Ireland and Georgia will "agree to take the initial steps towards making similar arrangements". Of course the devil is in the details, but let's take this announcement … Continue reading Public Beneficial Ownership: We need open, not just public data

We did it! 100 million companies

The title says it all. And it's fitting that we can make this announcement at the start of two days of anti-corruption summits in London, as it's clear that OpenCorporates is now a fundamental part of the anti-corruption universe. In the past couple of months OpenCorporates has: Played an important part in the Panama Papers, with OpenCorporates … Continue reading We did it! 100 million companies

Spanish Industry Minister resigns, following historic data found on OpenCorporates

On Monday, OpenCorporates got an email from a Spanish journalist, asking to confirm that information we'd got on some long-dissolved UK companies was correct. First of all, nice to meet you and congratulations (and thank you) for an incredible project as OpenCorporate is In Spain, today, we are talking about a Spanish Minister who was … Continue reading Spanish Industry Minister resigns, following historic data found on OpenCorporates

OpenCorporates hits 90 million companies… plus news on data quality

Last week, OpenCorporates reached another minor milestone, as we hit 90 million companies. That's a long way from the 3 million companies we started with 4 years ago, and yet we're not finished yet. In fact, we've got several more jurisdictions (totalling several million more companies) going through our data quality checks at the moment, and … Continue reading OpenCorporates hits 90 million companies… plus news on data quality