For the past 50 years, companies, regulators, investigators and journalists have mostly used ‘Black Box’ data - data that is opaque, not well defined, uses proprietary identifiers, and has poor data quality feedback loops. But continued reliance on this data could put a firm out of business within five years, according to a new report by OpenCorporates.
This month marks three years since the launch of the Panama Papers – a groundbreaking collaboration between hundreds of media organisations coordinated by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. On a Sunday evening in early April in 2016, hundreds of media outlets began to publish stories revealing how complex offshore structures are used to hide money, … Continue reading 3 years after the Panama Papers, European Parliament votes to open up company data
Yesterday and today, almost two years since we filed suit against the Quebec company register, OpenCorporates has been appearing in the Montreal Superior Court – to ask the court to rule that we may continue to make the Quebec company register data available to all. This is an important milestone for OpenCorporates, as it's the … Continue reading Report from the open data frontline: OpenCorporates vs Quebec Registraire des Entreprises
Interested in German company data? You need to come to the Open Data Day this Saturday, March 2, in Berlin...
In Germany, the incorporation of companies (and subsequent changes) is handled not by a central register, but by district courts (‘Amtsgerichts’) – in fact by around 150 such courts (out of a total 600). Unfortunately the identifiers each court issues are neither unique to that court, nor to Germany...
In the midst of the news of the German company data, you might have missed this blog post by Anti-Money Laundering expert Graham Barrow. It’s a great blog, and one that we think shows how OpenCorporates is a key part of the workflow of anyone investigating companies – so we’re cross posting it here too. While … Continue reading Guest Blog: A Day in the Life of an Amateur Money Laundering Investigator
You might have noticed that last week OpenCorporates launched the German company data. Bringing in the German company data was a mammoth task, as we've already started writing about – and we’ll be publishing more blog posts about the precise details of this in the near future.