OpenGazettes – Digitising Government Gazettes For A Data-driven Age

OpenCorporates is thrilled to announce the launch of a new project: OpenGazettes - which will open up government gazettes, aggregating them across multiple countries and enabling  powerful searches into the unstructured and rich seam of corporate events information contained in them. With a 300 year-old legacy Gazettes are generally recognized as the public record for … Continue reading OpenGazettes – Digitising Government Gazettes For A Data-driven Age

“Following the Corporate Money” workshop report-back

Last week, OpenCorporates ran a workshop on “Follow the (corporate) money: using open data to improve integrity, procurement, development and reduce corruption & fraud“ at the pre-conference for International Open Data Conference in Ottawa. The conference was a fantastic congregation of over 1000 people from around the world to discuss the challenges and opportunities of open data. The … Continue reading “Following the Corporate Money” workshop report-back

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

Every person’s guide to Beneficial Ownership/ company control as data

Last month, OpenCorporates launched WhoControlsIt, a proof-of-concept, open-source 'Beneficial Ownership' register. This post explains some of the concepts and data issues behind the register – which sounds geeky, but is essential for everyone involved in this area to understand (we've kept the references to code to almost zero), and we hope we've succeeded in making … Continue reading Every person’s guide to Beneficial Ownership/ company control as data

Announcing Who Controls It: a proof-of-concept beneficial ownership register

Beneficial Ownership is a terrible expression. Outside of the NGO and anti-money-laundering community, nobody knows what it means, or why it's important. In fact the UK now refers to this information as Persons of Significant Control, which is another bit of jargon, but does a slightly better job of explaining what we mean – which … Continue reading Announcing Who Controls It: a proof-of-concept beneficial ownership register

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

Understanding corporate networks. Part 4: how we record the data

In parts 1, 2 and 3 of this series, we explored the complex world of corporate control, and how it is described in various regulations. We found that a company may control other companies in many different ways, from majority and minority share holdings to contractual relationships. At OpenCorporates we believe corporate control data is the cornerstone of a … Continue reading Understanding corporate networks. Part 4: how we record the data