Going to IODC? Help us design the Global Beneficial Ownership Register

Grand corruption is a networked problem; to fight it we need a networked solution, and nowhere is this more true than who controls and benefits from companies. The Global Beneficial Ownership Register will tackle this, by collecting and linking together beneficial ownership datasets and self-disclosed corporate data. By doing this, it will enable investigators and … Continue reading Going to IODC? Help us design the Global Beneficial Ownership Register

British PM gets it: good business requires good, open data

Today, at the Open Government Partnership meeting in London, David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, has announced that the UK government is going to make the new register of company beneficial ownership public. This is great news, because it shows the very top of the UK government understands what OpenCorporates has been saying for some time: that … Continue reading British PM gets it: good business requires good, open data

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

Major Milestone: Over 50 million companies (& a sneak peak at the future)

TLDR: OpenCorporates smashes through the 50 million companies mark, and starts work mapping corporate networks. We're pleased to announce that this weekend we smashed through the 50 million companies mark, with the addition of Thailand, West Virginia and several smaller territories (e.g. Dubai). At last count (it's changing every hour), we had 50,955,988 companies in 68 jurisdictions. That's … Continue reading Major Milestone: Over 50 million companies (& a sneak peak at the future)

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?

New features: add company data, log in with LinkedIn

One of the earliest requests for features on OpenCorporates was actually from company owners – the ability to add data about their company, especially websites and telephone numbers. Well, now at last you can do that, and not just company owners, but anyone who's logged in. The requirement to log in is pretty important, as … Continue reading New features: add company data, log in with LinkedIn

Major milestone: now over 20 million companies

Well, that didn't take too long. It was barely 3 months ago that OpenCorporates hit 10 million companies, and in what seems like no time at all we've doubled that. In that time, we've: Added important countries such as Spain and, today, Ireland (we're still importing the Irish data, and reckon there's probably something under … Continue reading Major milestone: now over 20 million companies