Visualising Hebden Bridge businesses with OpenCorporates data

A map showing the distribution of businesses in Hebden Bridge

This post originally appeared on the author's blog. I've recently been getting involved in the Open Data movement through association with ODI Leeds, where I spend some of my working week as a co-worker. I'm the sort of person who learns by doing, so I've been on the look out for a project which would give … Continue reading Visualising Hebden Bridge businesses with OpenCorporates data

API v0.4.x now the default (and adds another tiny new feature)

Last week we launched Version 0.4 of OpenCorporates' API, and with it brought some rather sexy new features (such as power searches, searching by address, new industry code functionality, and searching officers by address). As promised this has been on-demand for the past week, with v0.3.2 remaining the default in order to allow our regular users to try it out, … Continue reading API v0.4.x now the default (and adds another tiny new feature)

API v0.4 released: power search features (+ more data)

Not everything OpenCorporates does is sexy. But it is all important, even the backend work that bit by bit is making the largest open database of companies in the world even better. This week, we're happy to announce the latest version of the API (our service which allows direct access to our data), many of which have been enabled … Continue reading API v0.4 released: power search features (+ more data)

OpenCorporates API used by Accountability Hack organised by National Audit Office, ONS & Parliament

Last weekend saw Accountability Hack, a hackathon focussing on making innovative use of public data from National Audit Office, Office of National Statistics and Parliament. The joint event was a great opportunity to examine how Parliament works, to delve into how public sector expenditure is audited, and to understand the key statistics generated by the public … Continue reading OpenCorporates API used by Accountability Hack organised by National Audit Office, ONS & Parliament

New API version released: corporate networks, accounts, and more

We're proud to announce that version 0.3 of the OpenCorporates API is now live, with many, many new features, improvements (and even a few bug fixes). Along the way, we've also given it a visual refresh: The major improvements are: Access to corporate networks – our open corporate network work is truly ground-breaking, and providing … Continue reading New API version released: corporate networks, accounts, and more

Guest Post: Data Sketching With the OpenCorporates API

Tony Hirst, a lecturer in the Department of Communication and Systems at The Open University, and author of the OUseful.info blog has been using the OpenCorporates API for some time. Here's a review of some of his experiments. Looking back over my datajunkie notes, I may only have been using the OpenCorporates API since March … Continue reading Guest Post: Data Sketching With the OpenCorporates API

Announcing version 0.2 of the OpenCorporates API

We're pleased to announce the new version of our API (version 0.2), with some significant enhancements and improvements. In particular, you can now  search the 39 million company directors and officers that OpenCorporates has (with more being added every day).  Here's an example: We can now also return XML for those who need this instead of … Continue reading Announcing version 0.2 of the OpenCorporates API

Norway becomes first OGP country to open its company data… and Belgium announces it will too

A couple of months ago, OpenCorporates published our report on access to company data in Open Government Partnership countries, which was pretty dire, with the countries scoring an average of just 21 out of 100 points. Well, today, Norway has boosted that average a bit, by becoming the first Open Government Partnership country to publish its company … Continue reading Norway becomes first OGP country to open its company data… and Belgium announces it will too

How to use the OpenCorporates API, Part 1: widgets

Just before Christmas, we introduced the new OpenCorporates API, which allows access to all the information in OpenCorporates, including allowing searching. We said then that we'd give some examples of how to use the API, and the first one is a simple javascript widget that can be included on any web page that allows you … Continue reading How to use the OpenCorporates API, Part 1: widgets

One year on: 10 times bigger, masses more data… and a new API

Was it just a year ago that we launched OpenCorporates, after just a couple months' coding? When we opened up over 3 million companies and allowed searching across multiple jurisdictions (admittedly there were just three of them to start off with)? Who would have thought that 12 months later we would have become 10 times … Continue reading One year on: 10 times bigger, masses more data… and a new API