OpenCorporates has always been about providing a better understanding of the corporate world, so it’s essential that we can talk about companies in terms that most people already know.
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
A recent investigation by the Private Eye found 4,300 companies registered at a London address with Chinese officers. Amongst these is a company which acts as a company secretary to 3,700 anonymous companies (read their full investigation here). How did they do this? With the powerful OpenCorporates API/data dump, which allowed them to find directors … Continue reading Now there’s a better way to search officers on OpenCorporates
‘Verification’ is frequently said to be a critical step in generating high-quality beneficial ownership information. What’s less clear is what is actually meant by verification, and what are the key factors in the process. In fact, verification is not one step, but three.
Introduction We are about to expand the development team at OpenCorporates, and thought this was a good opportunity to explain a little about our development process. In part, because it’s always interesting to understand how teams structure their development process; in part because it’s the sort of thing every good developer would want to know. … Continue reading The development process at OpenCorporates – Part 1: The weekly cycle
OpenCorporates’ mission is to be able to list every company in the world, using only public sources to provide full transparency and provenance. In order to achieve this, the OpenCorporates Data team works constantly to expand its coverage of jurisdictions where companies can be registered (120 and counting so far!), whilst maintaining a rigorous set … Continue reading From company register to standardized open data, our processes explained – Part 1: Scouting for data
A question we get asked a lot is "what does your tech stack look like?", so we thought we'd do a brief blog post to answer it. We hope this is useful to other people working on data projects, and we’d be interested to hear how teams at other organisations have tackled similar problems. Our … Continue reading The OpenCorporates Tech Stack
Hello. Tell us about who you are & what role you will be doing OpenCorporates. I’m Tom and I’m an engineer at OpenCorporates (I joined in January). I’ll be working across the tech stack on everything from designing interactions to building APIs. My experience is primarily as a front-end developer so I’ll mostly be looking … Continue reading Meet Thomas Marshall, Engineer at OpenCorporates
That might sound like an absurd question. The benefits accrued from transparency, fighting corruption and money laundering, and enabling good business practise help everyone, right? Then why am I writing about women? At OpenCorporates and OpenOwnership, we’ve been thinking about the structures that enable corruption that the macro and micro level. Whether it is underlying … Continue reading How does open company data impact women’s rights?
Even when planned maintenance goes well, there are always things we can learn from it. And when it goes less well, as ours did last week, you can learn even more. So either way, we think it's useful to review how things went and see what we can take from it for next time. It … Continue reading Lessons learned from scheduled maintenance 8th February 2017