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