For the past 50 years, companies, regulators, investigators and journalists have mostly used ‘Black Box’ data - data that is opaque, not well defined, uses proprietary identifiers, and has poor data quality feedback loops. But continued reliance on this data could put a firm out of business within five years, according to a new report by OpenCorporates.
This is the second of our behind-the-scenes series of data-focused blog posts intended to help explain what happens when we introduce a new company jurisdiction to OpenCorporates. In the previous blog post we discussed how we find new sources of company data & choose the most appropriate one. In this, Part 2, we’re covering Analysis … Continue reading From company register to standardized open data, our processes explained – Part 2: Analysis
Hot on the heels of the lawsuit we filed in Montreal against the Quebec company register comes news that the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC/Radio-Canada) is also suing the register. The CBC suit, filed on April 12, is on the basis that the register, by restricting access to the register is “violer la liberté de la presse” … Continue reading Now CBC Radio-Canada sues the Quebec Register too
OpenCorporates’ mission is to be able to list every company in the world, using only public sources to provide full transparency and provenance. In order to achieve this, the OpenCorporates Data team works constantly to expand its coverage of jurisdictions where companies can be registered (120 and counting so far!), whilst maintaining a rigorous set … Continue reading From company register to standardized open data, our processes explained – Part 1: Scouting for data
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
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