May 22, 2022

German Company Register Data Now Available as Open Data From OpenCorporates

From OpenCorporates:

Today, OpenCorporates has made the German company register data – a dataset that’s essential for all – available as open data. This opening up of the company register data is a significant step forward in German corporate transparency and integrity. As part of the analysis, we have identified a number of data quality issues – including problems with corporate identifiers, and directors who wer eapparently born 950 years ago. We will be writing a report for the Ministry of Justice regarding these data quality issues, and will be making this available under an open data licence too.


Over the past 12 months, we’ve collected and analysed the data on the company gazette (Handelsregisterbekanntmachungen), and Handelsregister (trade register) . Converting this information – mostly from gazette notices – took months of writing code, analysis and testingto convert into structured data in a consistent and high-quality form.

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.