OpenCorporates identifiers now in OpenSanctions: A win for the open data ecosystem

Good news for users of the open data ecosystem! OpenSanctions, the open database of sanctions targets and persons of interest, has started mapping sanctioned entities in its database back to company records in OpenCorporates – so their users can explore more detail about sanctioned companies.  Everyone can use the OpenCorporates URL to view the related … Continue reading OpenCorporates identifiers now in OpenSanctions: A win for the open data ecosystem

Open Data Directive: You gotta be kidding me!

By Chris Taggart, Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, OpenCorporates Recently, the European Commission finally published the draft implementing act for the Open Data Directive. We looked at it, and looked at it again… and said: is that all there is? To remind everyone, this was the directive that promised to make available as open data … Continue reading Open Data Directive: You gotta be kidding me!

OpenCorporates lends insight to Legislative Briefing on New York’s LLC Transparency Act

Rebecca Lee, our Chief Impact Officer, recently spoke at the Legislative Briefing on New York’s LLC Transparency Act, just ahead of an amended version of the bill passing the Assembly Corporations Committee.   We at OpenCorporates support this Act, despite delays to the provisions that enable the beneficial ownership register to be available publicly and as … Continue reading OpenCorporates lends insight to Legislative Briefing on New York’s LLC Transparency Act

This must be the wakeup call for true corporate transparency

The Bell Tower of Saint Sophia Cathedral, Kyiv, taken on my visit to the city in August 2017, on a trip to help with the creation of a Beneficial Ownership Register for Ukrainian Companies The world has watched the Russian invasion of Ukraine in horror over the past few weeks. In this blog post, OpenCorporates’ … Continue reading This must be the wakeup call for true corporate transparency

Illinois commits to open up its company data: A win for corporate transparency

The latest win in the global push for transparent company data came last July, when the legislature of the US state of Illinois passed a bill which committed the Secretary of State to make data from their official company register freely and openly available. We at OpenCorporates welcome this important and critical step. After all, … Continue reading Illinois commits to open up its company data: A win for corporate transparency

Pandora Papers: Another reminder why the world needs open company data

As the Pandora Papers investigation hit the world’s headlines recently, we were proud to confirm that OpenCorporates was one of the data sources used by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and their partners to verify companies mentioned in the 11.9m leaked documents.  Like everyone else, we have been reading through the series of … Continue reading Pandora Papers: Another reminder why the world needs open company data

Is this a fork in the road for EU company data?

8 years ago, OpenCorporates surveyed access to official company register data in the EU. To our knowledge, this was the first time that this had been done in a systematic way.  The results were not good.  Data and access were routinely restricted on a pay-to-play basis. If you had the money, you could access it … Continue reading Is this a fork in the road for EU company data?

Unlocking US company data: Washington forges ahead where others lag behind

US Company Data State of the Nation 2020

The US is the most important and vibrant business market in the world. Yet fundamental information about the millions of companies powering its economy is very hard to access as data – making it difficult to understand: what companies exist, who are they connected to and what do they do? Our new report ‘US Company … Continue reading Unlocking US company data: Washington forges ahead where others lag behind

One hundred and eighty (million)! Another milestone

Yesterday we had a minor celebration in the OpenCorporates office. For days the data team have had one eye on our company counter, as it approached the 180 million mark, with frequent updates across the office and on our messaging systems reporting the latest query output from ElasticSearch, and at 15:49 BST yesterday we hit … Continue reading One hundred and eighty (million)! Another milestone

It’s official: EU Company Registers to go open data (subject to…)

Great news: last week, the Council of Europe approved the "Directive on open data and the re-use of public sector information" (press release). This was the last opportunity for the directive to be rejected or changed, and it will go into force 20 days after the directive is published in the EU Official Journal (probably … Continue reading It’s official: EU Company Registers to go open data (subject to…)