New jurisdiction: Belarus (1.3 million companies)

Belarus is our latest addition to OpenCorporates’ database of companies, making it jurisdiction #122. We’ve added 1.3 million companies of which around 320,000 are registered companies, and just under 1 million sole-trader / entrepreneur (Предприниматель) registrations, many of which are historical records. The data is sourced from the Unified State Register of Legal Entities and … Continue reading New jurisdiction: Belarus (1.3 million companies)

Bolivia companies added to OpenCorporates

We’re pleased to announce Bolivia as our first South American jurisdiction to be added to OpenCorporates. Around 170,000 companies have been added, using data from Fundempresa, the non-profit concessionaire running the company registry database and website website, under contract to the Registro de Comercio in Bolivia. This also makes it our 121st jurisdiction. The data … Continue reading Bolivia companies added to OpenCorporates

OpenCorporates takes Quebec company register to court

Yesterday, OpenCorporates filed suit in the Superior Court (Civil Division) in Montreal, Quebec, for a declaratory judgement against the Quebec Registraire des Enterprises, to ensure that OpenCorporates data on Quebec companies remains freely available to journalists, NGOs and thousands of other users around the world. The suit is in response to a demand that the … Continue reading OpenCorporates takes Quebec company register to court

24 months + $3000 + 1 cake: How Virginia’s company data was opened up

This is a guest post by Waldo Jaquith, who runs US Open Data, and this month pretty much single-handedly persuaded the US state of Virginia to open up all their company register data OpenCorporates’ work is in aggregating openly published corporate registries, but less well known is the work that the organization foments. Moving corporate … Continue reading 24 months + $3000 + 1 cake: How Virginia’s company data was opened up

OpenCorporates hits 90 million companies… plus news on data quality

Last week, OpenCorporates reached another minor milestone, as we hit 90 million companies. That's a long way from the 3 million companies we started with 4 years ago, and yet we're not finished yet. In fact, we've got several more jurisdictions (totalling several million more companies) going through our data quality checks at the moment, and … Continue reading OpenCorporates hits 90 million companies… plus news on data quality

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

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