OpenCorporates is by far the largest open database companies in the world, and that's in a large part thanks to the contributions of the open data community, who have written scrapers for jurisdictions as widespread as Alaska to India, Singapore to South Africa. We've also had thousands of contributions from non-coders, who've added information to companies, helped group together companies, identified errors, liaised locally with governments and NGOs, or helped us understand what the information in local company register means.
We're shortly going to be expanding the ways you can contribute to make OpenCorporates not just the biggest open database of companies in the world, but the best too (keep an eye out on our blog for the latest info). However, there are already many ways you can help improve OpenCorporates, and we've briefly listed these below.
While we've got over 115 and have more in the pipeline, there are still gaps in our coverage, particularly in Latin America, Asia and Africa. If you think you can contribute either by writing a scraper to import the data or by campaigning locally to open up the data, do please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We do have quite a few jurisdictions that we are currently validating, so drop us a line before possibly duplicating what's possibly already been done.
We're about to launch a new service to allow users to help build corporate hierarchies in a collaborative and open way. If you'd like to be an early tester, please contact us at email@example.com.
We've already got over 900 users of our new API service, reusing the data for cool things. We'd love to see more, especially data-driven journalism and community open-data projects. Why not organise a local hack-day to see what you can build?
Want to build a browser plug-in, do a new visualisation, even a mobile app, or integrate into another system? We'd love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email us at email@example.com. We want to know!