UK Beneficial Ownership information now in OpenCorporates

On Friday UK Companies House published the first data from its new 'Persons of Significant Control' (PSC) register (colloquially known as Beneficial Ownership). This is a pretty big deal, for a number of reasons: It's the world's first public national beneficial ownership register It's the first structured beneficial ownership data to be releases publicly It's being … Continue reading UK Beneficial Ownership information now in OpenCorporates

Another UK company data milestone: Accounts as open data

Update: In record time we've starting importing Companies House XBRL data, and extracting the key financial figures from it (you can also click through to the underlying accounts themselves). It will take a few days for this to appear on all filing companies (about 60% of companies have filed XBRL accounts): This morning at 10am, … Continue reading Another UK company data milestone: Accounts as open data

Open company data on the rise: featuring G8, World Bank, EITI…

This month has been a good month for open corporate data, with a number of significant developments, all of them positive, and OpenCorporates is proud to have played a significant part in many of them. First, and perhaps most exciting for us has been the launch of the Open Company Data Index, supported by the World Bank … Continue reading Open company data on the rise: featuring G8, World Bank, EITI…

Are DUNS numbers the crack cocaine of ID systems (and is the UK the latest addict)?

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)?

OpenCorporates: The directors’ cut

One of the most often requested features for OpenCorporates, especially by journalists, is for us to extract information about the directors and officers for the over 35 million companies we've opened up. And as Alex Howard reported on O'Reilly Radar last week, that feature is now live (we also gave a sneak peak during our presentation at … Continue reading OpenCorporates: The directors’ cut