We’re always looking for ways to improve OpenCorporates, both our data and how we make it available to our users. More jurisdictions, more data, more insights, all provenanced White Box data that you can trust – and we’re working on some incredibly cool new developments in our data collection system, thanks to a grant from … Continue reading Tech notes: Towards a faster OpenCorporates
Meet Alan Buxton, Chief Technology Officer
What is your role at OpenCorporates? I joined OpenCorporates in April as Chief Technology Officer. What drew you to work for OpenCorporates? When I looked at the company, three things in particular interested me. Firstly, it’s a real revenue-generating business, not one of these venture capital-backed companies that are trying to make a unicorn. Secondly, … Continue reading Meet Alan Buxton, Chief Technology Officer
At last: corporate events for everyone
We're proud to announce that we have now released the first public release of OpenCorporates’ new corporate events system. This has been a really substantial project that's been more complex and more difficult than we expected, and threw up many issues and questions along the way. And there's still much more work to be done … Continue reading At last: corporate events for everyone
Wanted: great (white hat) scraper/bot writers to help save the world
OpenCorporates is growing, and looking for more great bot and scraper coders – to help fulfil its mission to open up the world's official public information on companies.
Creating the German open company data: how we did it
Since we launched the dataset of over 5 million German companies earlier this week, we’ve had lots of questions about how we assembled the data. This post aims to answer that question. It’s obviously quite detailed and technical, but we hope it will be of interest to a technical audience at least.
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.
From company register to standardized open data, our processes explained – Part 3: Development
This is the third in a series of data-focused blog posts explaining what goes on behind the scenes when we bring a new jurisdiction into OpenCorporates.
Patisserie Valerie shows why we need Corporate Events data
Last week, it emerged the board of directors of Patisserie Holdings PLC (the parent company behind Patisserie Valerie) had become aware that it’s principal subsidiary Stonebeach Limited is subject to a Petition to Wind Up from HMRC, to the value of £1.14m.
New Feature: Global Industry Codes
OpenCorporates is proud to announce our latest feature, global industry codes! While we’ve long collected data for industry codes for a number of jurisdictions (including the UK, France, Norway, even a few US states), we recently finished mapping multiple industry codes to the UN’s international standard for such codes, ISIC (Revision 4).
Introducing corporate events – timeline data for companies
We live in a corporate world – companies are involved with everything we do, yet the disparity between the availability of personal and company information is striking. We see the timeline of significant (and not so significant) events of our friends in social network feeds every day. Yet it’s extraordinarily difficult to do the same for the companies that we work for, buy from, do business with, help craft our laws via lobbying, and generally influence our lives in multiple ways.