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The Open Database Of The Corporate World

The OpenCorporates Advisory Board

Purpose

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.

Remit

  • The Advisory Board would be consulted on key strategic directions, to help ensure that OpenCorporates/Chrinon Ltd (the company behind OpenCorporates) acts in the wider public interest.
  • The Advisory Board would be a resource for OpenCorporates to ask for advice, e.g. on policy where there’s a balance of competing interests (privacy etc).
  • The Advisory Board would normally keep its discussions with OpenCorporates private, but could go public if it strongly felt OpenCorporates was behaving badly, or going in the wrong direction. Prior to doing that it would engage with OpenCorporates to try to find a mutually acceptable solution.
  • The Advisory Board would be regularly given a data dump of the entire OpenCorporates database (which is under the ODbL licence), which it could release to the community in the case that either OpenCorporates went into liquidation, or dissolved in some other way, or should OpenCorporates have veered sufficiently from acting in the wider public interests the Board felt it necessary to help create a fork of the project.

Members

There are currently three members of the board, all of whom have exceptional credentials in the open data and transparency world. We may well appoint further members to the board (with the agreement of the existing members) in the future, for example to widen the area of expertise. The members are:

  • David Eaves David needs no introduction to the open data community, and his 3 Laws Of Open Data were a key influence on us, but he describes himself as “a public policy entrepreneur, open government activist and negotiation expert”. He is retained by several governments to advise on open government and open data, works with two spin-offs of the Harvard Negotiation Project and advises businesses on open source strategies and community management.
  • Kaitlin Lee Kaitlin is the senior developer for the Subsidyscope, Clearspending and Six Degrees of Corporations projects at the Sunlight Foundation. She researches transparency related issues in several areas of federal spending, including tax expenditures, risk transfers and contracting. She holds a B.S. in Applied Math from Johns Hopkins.
  • Andrew Stott Andrew was the UK’s first Director for Transparency and Digital Engagement. He led the work to open government data and create data.gov.uk; and after the 2010 Election he led the policy development and implementation of the new Government’s commitments on Transparency of central and local government.
    Following his formal retirement in December 2010 he was appointed to the UK Transparency Board to continue to advise UK Ministers on open data and e-government policy. He also advises other governments both bilaterally and through the World Bank and the World Wide Web Foundation.