Guest blog: Wer, wie, was – why Germany needs an open corporate register and open contracting

This week, OpenCorporates launched over 5 million companies from Germany, marking our 130th jurisdiction. This is a guest blog post by Georg Neumann, Senior Manager of Communications and Engagement at Open Contracting Partnership, on why we need open contracting data too. Read the original version of this blog in German here.  A large portion of the German … Continue reading Guest blog: Wer, wie, was – why Germany needs an open corporate register and open contracting

Policy Paper: how OpenCorporates handles company number problems

Company numbers are identifiers issued by corporate registers to give certainty and clarity to legal entity information. When they are well-designed they are unique, persistent and unambiguous. The reason they are so important is that companies change their names relatively frequently, and legal names are even reused, meaning that such identifiers are the only way of categorically identifying legal entities.

OpenCorporates Responds to Draft Registration of Overseas Entities Consultation: could this be the end of money laundering in the UK housing market?

This summer, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) authored a draft bill to create a register of beneficial owners for overseas entities that own land in the UK.  As part of our work advocating for more open company data, OpenCorporates responded to the public consultation on the draft legislation. A brief summary, and our full response, is available below.

A corporate structure for the public good, Part 2: basic structure

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

From company register to standardized open data, our processes explained – Part 2: Analysis

This is the second of our behind-the-scenes series of data-focused blog posts intended to help explain what happens when we introduce a new company jurisdiction to OpenCorporates. In the previous blog post we discussed how we find new sources of company data & choose the most appropriate one. In this, Part 2, we’re covering Analysis … Continue reading From company register to standardized open data, our processes explained – Part 2: Analysis

Reading List: Impact of Open Company Data

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.

A corporate structure for the public benefit and the long term

  TL;DR 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 … Continue reading A corporate structure for the public benefit and the long term