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

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

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

Towards a global lookup service for corporate ids

We've often stated that the goal of OpenCorporates is simple (but huge): to create an openly licensed database containing every corporate legal entity in the world, and provide open URI ids for them. We base this URI on the ID issued by the company register, as this brings multiple benefits: No Monopoly ID system  Because we … Continue reading Towards a global lookup service for corporate ids

How open is company data in Open Government Partnership countries?

Today, the day before the Open Government Partnership meeting starts in Brasilia, OpenCorporates is publishing a major new report into access to company data in OGP countries, and the picture is not good. Out of a total of a possible 100 points, the average score was just 21, with several major countries (including Spain, Greece and … Continue reading How open is company data in Open Government Partnership countries?

Corporate confidentiality, company relationships, and why this ‘competitive advantage’ is anti-competitive

Last week OpenCorporates was in Basel at the Financial Stability Board's workshop on Global Legal Entity Identifiers (LEI) for corporate entities, as a member of the advisory panel. It's worth giving a sentence or two's background here for those who aren't familiar with this – and that's probably everyone who's not part of the global financial … Continue reading Corporate confidentiality, company relationships, and why this ‘competitive advantage’ is anti-competitive

Major milestones: 40m companies, 50+ jurisdictions, moving out of alpha, getting respectable

We did it – last week we went over the 40 million companies mark, with the addition of our 52st jurisdiction: Mauritius. As well as being quite a significant milestone in itself, we're also using this as an excuse to replace that alpha tag that's graced the top right hand corner of OpenCorporates since we launched with … Continue reading Major milestones: 40m companies, 50+ jurisdictions, moving out of alpha, getting respectable

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