A corporate structure for the public good, Part 2: basic structure

Background: OpenCorporates has come a long way in the past 6 years, and is increasingly core infrastructure for the corporate world, not to mention an essential tool for journalists, investigators, NGOs and governments. It’s time to ensure that its corporate structure reflects and safeguards that position, ensuring it will always act in the public interest, … Continue reading A corporate structure for the public good, Part 2: basic structure

A new kind of #FlashHacks event: Mapping corporate networks

The #FlashHacks event in London on is going to be different than the other ones you’ve attended. We’ve noticed a lot of you are very interested in mapping corporate networks. However, because we usually have a coding strand and a data hunting strand, the corporate network mapping gets left behind. This time around, we’re going … Continue reading A new kind of #FlashHacks event: Mapping corporate networks

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

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…

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