Weekly StandUp #5: What Happened at OpenCorporates

This post is the part of a weekly blogpost series updating you on what’s going on at OpenCorporates this week. Want to help us get more data? Claim a mission! Data the OpenCorporates team is scraping…. from the Data team (Peter & Shyam) Business licenses. Business licenses are interesting because they contain information about business … Continue reading Weekly StandUp #5: What Happened at OpenCorporates

STOP PRESS: UK Companies House to go fully open

We've praised UK Companies House many times in the past couple of years, for using good identifiers, opening up director data, even company accounts, but now there's even more reason. Today, the UK Government has announced that it going to fully open up all its data, and making it available free of charge (it is already … Continue reading STOP PRESS: UK Companies House to go fully open

Another UK company data milestone: Accounts as open data

Update: In record time we've starting importing Companies House XBRL data, and extracting the key financial figures from it (you can also click through to the underlying accounts themselves). It will take a few days for this to appear on all filing companies (about 60% of companies have filed XBRL accounts): This morning at 10am, … Continue reading Another UK company data milestone: Accounts as open data

British PM gets it: good business requires good, open data

Today, at the Open Government Partnership meeting in London, David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, has announced that the UK government is going to make the new register of company beneficial ownership public. This is great news, because it shows the very top of the UK government understands what OpenCorporates has been saying for some time: that … Continue reading British PM gets it: good business requires good, open data

Access to company data in OGP countries: some progress but still very poor

Today, just before the annual meeting of the Open Government Partnership in London, we've updated the Open Company Index – OpenCorporates' review of access to company data in OGP countries, in partnership with the World Bank Institute – and, frankly, to say that the results were mixed would be understating the situation. For a group of countries that have signed … Continue reading Access to company data in OGP countries: some progress but still very poor

Open company data on the rise: featuring G8, World Bank, EITI…

This month has been a good month for open corporate data, with a number of significant developments, all of them positive, and OpenCorporates is proud to have played a significant part in many of them. First, and perhaps most exciting for us has been the launch of the Open Company Data Index, supported by the World Bank … Continue reading Open company data on the rise: featuring G8, World Bank, EITI…

What makes a good company register? Part 1: The public purpose

This is the first in a series of posts on company registers – why they exist, what they should do, and how they should do it, based on OpenCorporates' interactions with over 70 of them. Over the past six months, we've been asked again and again: What does a good company register look like – what … Continue reading What makes a good company register? Part 1: The public purpose

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