Business Research: "OpenCorporates Hits 20 Million Companies, an Open Data Milestone"
From the Open Knowledge Foundation Blog:
Less than eight months ago, OpenCorporates : The Open Database Of The Corporate World launched with the rather ambitious goal of creating a URL for every company in the world. Five months later, it had already reached 10 million companies. And now, barely 3 months after that, it has doubled that to over 20 million companies.
In that time, OpenCorporates has:
- Added important countries such as Spain and, today, Ireland (we’re still importing the Irish data, and reckon there’s probably something under 100,000 still to go)
- Added a way of grouping companies together, linked to the Wikipedia (and DBpedia) entries, and thus made the job of mapping out multinationals feasible for the first time
- Started collecting information on statutory filings (we now have over 40 million)
- Improved the Google Refine reconciliation service for matching company names to the likely legal entities.
- Shown concrete examples of how OpenCorporates can be used cleaning up broken government data
- Won an award at the European Open Data Challenge
Direct to OpenCorporates Database
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