|Chris Taggart, Rob McKinnon and community|
|20 December 2010; 7 years ago (2010-12-20)|
|Open Database Licence|
OpenCorporates is a website which shares data on corporate entities as open data under the share-alike attribution Open Database License. It was created by Chris Taggart and Rob McKinnon, under the auspices of their company, Chrinon Ltd, and launched on 20 December 2010. It has the aims of creating a URL with such data for every corporate entity in the world, importing government data relating to companies and matching it to specific companies.
The OpenCorporates Advisory Board exists to advise OpenCorporates on policy, practice and principles, and to ensure that OpenCorporates remains true to its central mission of the opening of company data for the public good. It's formed by three members actually: David Eaves, Kaitlin Lee and Andrew Stott.
The same team also operate OpenCharities, compiling data on registered charities.
The project was subsequently represented on the European Union's Core Vocabularies Working Group's Core Business Task Force.
In early 2012, the project was appointed to the Financial Stability Board's advisory panel on a Legal Entity Identification for Financial Contracts.
In July 2015, OpenCorporates was a finalist in both the Business and Publisher categories at the Open Data Institute Awards, the only entity to reach the finals in more than one category. At the awards ceremony on 9 July OpenCorporates was announced as the winner of the Open Data Business Award, in recognition of its work with promoting data transparency in the corporate sector. Hera Hussain, Communities and Partnerships Manager at OpenCorporates, said:
|Wikidata has the property: OpenCorporates IDs (see uses)|