[Open-companies] Crowdsourcing URLs to corporate registries

Chris Taggart countculture at gmail.com
Wed Aug 3 08:19:48 UTC 2011


Really good points. A couple of other resources for finding company registries:

This website is pretty good on Europe and the bigger countries:


And there's also the Investigative Dashboard list:


Both have their strengths and weaknesses, overlap a fair bit, but also
with jurisdictions the others don't.


I should perhaps re-post this again later, but in an email correspondence

with Chris Taggart, we had the idea of putting together a spreadsheet like

mySociety did for its FixMyTransport to crowdsource URLs for corporate

registries. Here's mySociety's blog post and accompanying spreadsheet:



I've started collecting metadata on corporate registries on this spreadsheet

as a way to track OpenCorporates' progress, which we can use to source a new

spreadsheet for crowdsourcing:


Aside from attribution to the person who did the research, we'd want a notes

field for what data is available/how it is made available. One tip I'd share

for hard-to-find registries in developing countries is to use the World

Bank's Doing Business project to find the country-specific names for

ministries/registries, for example:




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