[Open-companies] a very basic question from a newbie

Chris Taggart countculture at gmail.com
Wed Nov 16 19:25:00 UTC 2011


Have been watching what Enel is doing with interest. I think there are a
couple of use cases that come to mind, some specific to Enel, some relating
to corporate data generally.

   - Corporate Group structure -- what are all the companies in the group,
   and what's the relationship between them. For example, I imagine
   http://opencorporates.com/companies/us_de/3483933 and
   http://opencorporates.com/companies/us_de/2066844 are both ultimately
   controlled by Enel SpA but it would be great to expose this as data,
   together with the shareholdings.
   - Finances -- have you looked at exposing this as XBRL?
   - Publishing internal data -- because Enel is one of the first companies
   to publish open data, it will be difficult to compare its data to other
   similar companies, so for it to be most useful, and used, it would help to
   publish data that Enel has in bulk. One thing that occurs to me is energy
   produced minute by minute by location.
   - Environmental data. Not sure what, but sure there's a wealth of it,
   and publication would encourage competitors to do the same (or show they've
   got something to hide).

Hope this helps


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On 16 November 2011 18:56, Andrea Volpini <andrea at insideout.io> wrote:

> Dear all,
> I've been working early on this year for one of my clients to bring online
> some of their corporate dataset under creative commons license in the form
> of open data (not yet linked open data); the project is accessible at the
> URL http://data.enel.com/en - (Enel is Europe's second  a largest energy
> utility company). And I would be interested to know more what are the other
> relevant use cases world-wide in terms of corporate open data.
> Best regards
> *Andrea Volpini*
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