Holding Companies and Their Directors to Account: An Open Data Solution | Tuesday, 30th October 2012 | 88mph | 6-8 pm

By Rachel Gichinga
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  Published 22nd October 2012
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Highly interconnected global companies have exploded in complexity and power, and increasinglyaffect our lives for good and bad. Yet in tandem with this growth, corporate governance hasweakened. The opacity and complexity of this corporate world is a key enabler of corruption, taxavoidance and organised crime.

Until now painstaking manual investigation has been required to track even the most basic factsabout a company, such as whether it exists, and who owns it. Chris Taggart of Open Corporates believes it’s time to change that. Chris is building an open access database with basic information on every corporate entity in the world which can then be remixed and combined with other data, such as government contracts.

On Tuesday 30th October 2012 at 6 pm at 88mph, Chris Taggart will offer a hands-on session on some ways to use powerful data-driven tools andopen access databases to mine company information from across the world. Chris will show howhighly interconnected global companies have exploded in complexity and power, while corporategovernance has weakened. The opacity and complexity of this corporate world is a key enabler ofcorruption, tax avoidance and organised crime.

Chris will demonstrate how you can use even basic company information to remix and combine yourdata with other information, such as government contracts or regulatory filings, to gain new insights.We invite all those with an interest in issues of corruption and transparency to a hands-on practical session to learn about Chris’s techniques and how you can put them to work for you.

PART 1: Why Open Up Corporate Data?
Corporate transparency challenges globally and in Africa (Chris Taggart) PART 2: How to Open Up Corporate Data Demo - What you can do with OpenCorporates database (Chris Taggart) Q&A/Hands-on advice

Interested? Please register online here for the event.

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