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

On winning the Best Open Data Business Award

  Last night OpenCorporates was the proud recipient of the Open Data Business award in the ODI's Open Data Awards – this is a great honour, and I'm rather humbled by it, and proud of the team that got us this far. Of course, awards are great to get, but they don't in themselves change the world. … Continue reading On winning the Best Open Data Business Award

API v0.4.x now the default (and adds another tiny new feature)

Last week we launched Version 0.4 of OpenCorporates' API, and with it brought some rather sexy new features (such as power searches, searching by address, new industry code functionality, and searching officers by address). As promised this has been on-demand for the past week, with v0.3.2 remaining the default in order to allow our regular users to try it out, … Continue reading API v0.4.x now the default (and adds another tiny new feature)

API v0.4 released: power search features (+ more data)

Not everything OpenCorporates does is sexy. But it is all important, even the backend work that bit by bit is making the largest open database of companies in the world even better. This week, we're happy to announce the latest version of the API (our service which allows direct access to our data), many of which have been enabled … Continue reading API v0.4 released: power search features (+ more data)

WhoControlsIt Hackday: Another step (or three) closer to our goal

On Monday, WhoControlsIt held the first, mini-hackday to improve and iterate the open-source proof-of-concept global beneficial ownership register. We didn’t set lofty goals for the work – invited only a small bunch of people, many (though not all) we knew from previous transparency work, but none of whom had looked at the code before. Would … Continue reading WhoControlsIt Hackday: Another step (or three) closer to our goal

Every person’s guide to Beneficial Ownership/ company control as data

Last month, OpenCorporates launched WhoControlsIt, a proof-of-concept, open-source 'Beneficial Ownership' register. This post explains some of the concepts and data issues behind the register – which sounds geeky, but is essential for everyone involved in this area to understand (we've kept the references to code to almost zero), and we hope we've succeeded in making … Continue reading Every person’s guide to Beneficial Ownership/ company control as data

Announcing Who Controls It: a proof-of-concept beneficial ownership register

Beneficial Ownership is a terrible expression. Outside of the NGO and anti-money-laundering community, nobody knows what it means, or why it's important. In fact the UK now refers to this information as Persons of Significant Control, which is another bit of jargon, but does a slightly better job of explaining what we mean – which … Continue reading Announcing Who Controls It: a proof-of-concept beneficial ownership register

STOP PRESS: UK Companies House to go fully open

We've praised UK Companies House many times in the past couple of years, for using good identifiers, opening up director data, even company accounts, but now there's even more reason. Today, the UK Government has announced that it going to fully open up all its data, and making it available free of charge (it is already … Continue reading STOP PRESS: UK Companies House to go fully open