Is the era of proprietary identifiers coming to an end? From April 2022, the US General Services Administration plans to stop using the DUNS number to uniquely identify companies registered in their System for Award Management (SAM). This number, which is the classic example of a closed, proprietary identifier for companies, will be replaced by … Continue reading Open identifiers: enabling insight & lowering barriers to innovation
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
Last week was a big step forward in the history of open company data, with the formation of the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation, which will oversee the global system of Legal Entity Identifiers, and ensure that the system is run in the public interest, carrying out the G20 Recommendations that set up the system. The … Continue reading Global Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) Foundation launched
Today, OpenCorporates announces a new sister website, Open LEIs, a user-friendly interface on the emerging Global Legal Entity Identifier System. At this point many, possibly most, of you will be wondering: what on earth is the Global Legal Entity Identifier System? And that's one of the reasons why we built Open LEIs. The Global Legal Entity Identifier … Continue reading Announcing Open LEIs: a user-friendly interface to the Legal Entity Identifier system
Last month the US General Accounting Office, produced an excellent report on the use of Dun & Bradstreet's proprietary DUNS ID system by the Federal Government, specifically the GSA, its procurement and administration arm. In a fairly devastating report, it explains why the ID system was problematic: "GSA believes that Dun & Bradstreet effectively has a … Continue reading Are DUNS numbers the crack cocaine of ID systems (and is the UK the latest addict)?