What is a subsidiary? What do we mean by control? In Part 2 of this series on understanding corporate networks, I explored these questions and how they are answered by regulatory regimes around the world. It's one thing to define "control" in the regulations and accounting standards; however, without disclosure, we can't begin to map corporate … Continue reading Understanding corporate networks. Part 3: where’s the data?
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!
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
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)
We've often stated that the goal of OpenCorporates is simple (but huge): to create an openly licensed database containing every corporate legal entity in the world, and provide open URI ids for them. We base this URI on the ID issued by the company register, as this brings multiple benefits: No Monopoly ID system Because we … Continue reading Towards a global lookup service for corporate ids
We did it – last week we went over the 40 million companies mark, with the addition of our 52st jurisdiction: Mauritius. As well as being quite a significant milestone in itself, we're also using this as an excuse to replace that alpha tag that's graced the top right hand corner of OpenCorporates since we launched with … Continue reading Major milestones: 40m companies, 50+ jurisdictions, moving out of alpha, getting respectable
It's been a really hectic week, and it's not over yet, but before we head off to San Francisco for Data2.0 it's worth updating the community on a couple of small but significant developments. First, two of the leading open-data local councils – Lichfield and Redbridge – have started to use OpenCorporates URIs to identify … Continue reading Links in, links out: it’s all about the connections