10 million data points crowdscraped in 10 days? When OpenCorporates launched this target just 2 weeks ago, we thought it was challenging but doable. Doable, that is, provided we could reach out to bot writers online. Doable providing that the culmination of the campaign at OKFest, probably the world's largest gathering of the open data movement, worked … Continue reading #FlashHacks: the start of a crowdscraping movement…
Ruby and Python coders – can you help us?
Who controls the biggest corporations in the world? What licences do they hold? What patents have they been granted? What government contracts have they won? If we can't answer important questions like these, we can't start to understand the world we live in. We need YOUR help to inform the direction of a platform we're … Continue reading Ruby and Python coders – can you help us?
Help uncover corporate networks!
As we've written about elsewhere, when people think of a company like Starbucks, they think of it as a single entity. Yet Starbucks is at least 30 legal entities in over 20 countries. It's this group of legal entities that we call a corporate network of control, or just corporate network for short. At OpenCorporates, we think mapping … Continue reading Help uncover corporate networks!
Open data: Not just good, but better too
Here's our keynote presentation we gave a couple of days ago at this year's Open Knowledge Conference, in Geneva (CC-licensed, of course): The event was really excellent, and we met so many good people there (from the open data community, from NGOs, from companies, and from government) that's it's set the bar incredibly high for … Continue reading Open data: Not just good, but better too