[ogdcamp] Fringe workshop on Organisational Identifiers - Sunday 23rd

Tim Davies tim at practicalparticipation.co.uk
Mon Sep 5 11:54:56 UTC 2011

Hello all,

It looks like we've got plans together for a fringe workshop on open data
around organisational identifiers on Sunday 23rd October. A brief summary of
the workshop focus is below. Anyone else interested in getting involved in
this - do let me know.

OKF folk: how are we managing registration for fringe events? Should we set
up an EventBrite etc?

*Organisational Identifiers Workshop - Sunday 23rd October - Warsaw,
Poland. *
Many open data projects would benefit from having a shared and stable way to
identify organisations within datasets. There are a number of ongoing
efforts to collect open data on organisations, or to assign unique
indentifiers to organisations. Establishing a universal scheme of
organisational identifiers is particularly important for projects such as
the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), which need to identify
organisations across many jurisdictions and across sectors (companies,
charities, governments, other associations and organisations), covering
countries with diverse approaches to, and quality of, official registration
schemes. This workshop seeks to bring together different initiatives working
on organisational identifiers to share knowledge and develop shared
approaches to creating complementary and compatible access to organisational

The core aims of the workshop are to:

   - Bring together different actors exploring the organisational identifier
   question: including those focused on companies, charities, government
   agencies and other forms of organisation.
    - Identify a shared method (standard) for re-using existing
identifiers(e.g. Company Registration; VAT Registration). This may
focus on convergence
   and compatibility between schemes such as the IATI
framework for Identifiers); Open
   Corporates <http://www.opencorporates.com/> URIs (seeking to cover all
   companies globally); ORGPedia
   the “mashing up” of disparate data sets about the ownership, structure,
   performance and regulatory compliance of organizations”
   Guidestar Identifier (NGO focussed) and other open data sources and
   - Identify existing efforts to collect open data on organisations and to
   map together different identifiers (e.g. Corporate groupings; mapping
   Charity and Company numbers etc.)
   - Identify gaps in current approaches (e.g. how to handle countries or
   organisation-types with limited registration options available to them; how
   to check the quality of data etc).
   - Develop a shared agenda for action in which partners can each take
   forward complementary efforts to define and use shared organisational
   identifiers, and to build the eco-system of open data available for as many
   of those identifiers as possible.

Registration will open in mid-September. Registration for the Open
Government Data Camp is already open at http://ogdcamp.org/.


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