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Why Basic Company Data Must Be Open

ComputerWorldUK - Glyn Moody - Last year I wrote about the OpenCorporates project, which describes itself as follows:

OpenCorporates aims to do a straightforward (though big) thing: have a URL for every company in the world.

That sounds quite simple (it's not), but the ramifications are huge, since it provides a way of pulling together data about a company. In particularly, it allows you to make connections between companies, their people - and their actions.

OpenCorporates has just published a new report entitled "The Closed World of Company Data", which is "An examination of how open company data is. Part II: European Union countries" (.pdf.) That pretty much gives the game away: its main conclusion is that company data is almost entirely closed in Europe: