Major Milestone: Over 50 million companies (& a sneak peak at the future)

TLDR: OpenCorporates smashes through the 50 million companies mark, and starts work mapping corporate networks. We're pleased to announce that this weekend we smashed through the 50 million companies mark, with the addition of Thailand, West Virginia and several smaller territories (e.g. Dubai). At last count (it's changing every hour), we had 50,955,988 companies in 68 jurisdictions. That's … Continue reading Major Milestone: Over 50 million companies (& a sneak peak at the future)

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

Corruption, corporate transparency, open data & business models: OKFest presentations

For those who weren't able to make the Open Knowledge Festival in Helsinki, here are OpenCorporates' two presentations. The first was Open Data: What's In It For Business? and focuses on how businesses can get benefit from publishing open data, and looks at OpenCorporates' business model. The second, "Corruption, Corporate Transparency & Open Data" examines how … Continue reading Corruption, corporate transparency, open data & business models: OKFest presentations

Stop Press: UK to open up company director information

This just in: UK Companies House has just announced that access to company appointments data will be free of charge from October 1. This is fantastic news and moves the UK closer to the fully free situation of New Zealand, for example, and means that OpenCorporates will be soon be including millions of UK directors, to … Continue reading Stop Press: UK to open up company director information

OpenCorporates at OKFestival 2012

This next week the open data community will be descending on Helsinki for the Open Knowledge Festival, a week-long series of events celebrating open knowledge in all fields. OpenCorporates is really excited to be presenting here, having previously presented at last year's OKCON, Open Government Data Camp, not to mention the data.gov/World Bank-organised International Open Government Conference … Continue reading OpenCorporates at OKFestival 2012

Are DUNS numbers the crack cocaine of ID systems (and is the UK the latest addict)?

Last month the US General Accounting Office, produced an excellent report on the use of Dun & Bradstreet's proprietary DUNS ID system by the Federal Government, specifically the GSA, its procurement and administration arm. In a fairly devastating report, it explains why the ID system was problematic: "GSA believes that Dun & Bradstreet effectively has a … Continue reading Are DUNS numbers the crack cocaine of ID systems (and is the UK the latest addict)?

Access to EU company data is very poor, Neelie

Two months ago, OpenCorporates published our ground-breaking report on access to company data in Open Government Partnership countries. The results were not good, with an average score of just 21 out of 100. Following this, Neelie Kroes, the EU Vice-President in charge the Digital Agenda, including open data, tweeted about the report, noting that the 15 … Continue reading Access to EU company data is very poor, Neelie

OpenCorporates: The directors’ cut

One of the most often requested features for OpenCorporates, especially by journalists, is for us to extract information about the directors and officers for the over 35 million companies we've opened up. And as Alex Howard reported on O'Reilly Radar last week, that feature is now live (we also gave a sneak peak during our presentation at … Continue reading OpenCorporates: The directors’ cut

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

New features: add company data, log in with LinkedIn

One of the earliest requests for features on OpenCorporates was actually from company owners – the ability to add data about their company, especially websites and telephone numbers. Well, now at last you can do that, and not just company owners, but anyone who's logged in. The requirement to log in is pretty important, as … Continue reading New features: add company data, log in with LinkedIn