OpenCorporates has come a long way since we started in 2011. In the past seven years we’ve grown from 3 million companies in the UK, Jersey and Bermuda, to over 143 million companies across 128 jurisdictions. We’ve transformed access to public records about companies in the process, and developed a successful business model that drives public benefit rather than fights it – something that seems increasingly urgent following Facebook-gate, Cambridge Analytica, and Google removing “don’t be evil” from their corporate code of conduct.
OpenCorporates exists to make company data more accessible, useful and understandable. Every month, we’ll share links to show you how people have used our data. Got something to include in our next roundup? Contact us!
It was another momentous year for OpenCorporates. Over the course of the year we’ve laid the foundations to secure our public mission for the long term, advanced our relentless campaigns, and of course continued the complex work of opening and cleaning up company data. We’ve also grown in size, welcoming a whole load of newbies (and saying a fond goodbye to a couple of long-standing team members).
Background: OpenCorporates has come a long way in the past 6 years, and is increasingly core infrastructure for the corporate world, not to mention an essential tool for journalists, investigators, NGOs and governments. It’s time to ensure that its corporate structure reflects and safeguards that position, ensuring it will always act in the public interest, … Continue reading A corporate structure for the public good, Part 2: basic structure
As Becky Hogge notes in her important report on the impact of open data, tracking impact is tricky. By its nature, open data is resistant to traditional impact reporting; in part because we don't know exactly how it is being used, and in part because the value chain is so diffuse. So, Hogge argues, outside of sweeping statements about potential, at this stage impact is largely indicated by “fragments” of stories from the ground.
Enfin! Back in January 2017, OpenCorporates quietly started publishing France company data in "beta" mode. We're now formally announcing it after completing further work to allow us to process daily updates. It is thanks to the persistence, effort, and hard-work from open data advocates both inside and outside government that French companies are now available as open … Continue reading New jurisdiction: France (10 million companies)
OpenCorporates is used by investigators, NGOs, and researchers every day to study and fight corruption, money laundering and organised crime. Every month, we’ll share links to show you the work people are doing with our data. —————————- Zosia from OpenOwnership and our community manager Hera spoke at the annual Tax Justice Network conference at a … Continue reading Impact Round up: July