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Working With Company Data

- October 31, 2013 in #OGP13, DBpedia, event, Events, HowTo, opencorporates, OpenRefine

We all think we know what we mean by “a company”, such as the energy giants Shell or BP, but what is a company exactly? As OpenOil’s Amit Naresh explained in our OGP Workshop on “Working With Company Data” last week, the corporate structure of many multinational companies is a complex network of interconnected countries domiciled or registered in a wide variety of countries across the world in order to benefit from tax breaks and intricate financial dealings. Given the structure of corporate networks can be so complex, how can we start to unpick and explore the data associated with company networks? The following presentation – available here: School of Data: Company Networks – describes some of the ways in which we can start to map corporate networks using open company data published by OpenCorporates using OpenRefine. Placeholder We can also use OpenRefine to harvest data from OpenCorporates relating to the directors associated with a particular company or list of companies: School of Data: Grabbing Director Dara A possible untapped route to harvesting company data is Wikipedia. The DBpedia project harvests structured data from Wikipedia and makes it available as a single, queryable Linked Data datasource. An example of the sorts of network that can be uncovered from independently maintained maintained Wikipedia pages is shown by this network that uncovers “influenced by” relationships between philosophers, as described on Wikipedia: WIkipedia philosophers influence map See Visualising Related Entries in Wikipedia Using Gephi and Mapping Related Musical Genres on Wikipedia/DBPedia With Gephi for examples of how to generate such maps directly from Wikipedia using the cross-platform Gephi application. For examples of the sorts of data available from DBpedia around companies, see: Using Wikipedia – or otherwise hosted versions of the MediWiki application that Wikipedia sits on top of – there is great potential for using the power of the crowd to uncover the rich network of connections that exist between companies, if we can identify and agree on a set of descriptive relations that we can use consistently to structure data published via wiki pages… flattr this!

Taking it Global @ OGP

- October 29, 2013 in #OGP13, Featured, Open Data Partnership For Development, opendata, opengov

Activating an Open Data Movement means building beyond the topics of ‘why open data?’ and ‘open data index’. We also need to dig into the ‘how?’ we get there globally. Since the Open Data Partnership for Development (ODP4D) was launched at OKCon we have been busy working behind the scenes planning the programme. The Open Data Partnership for Development is between The World Bank, Open Data Institute and Open Knowledge Foundation. We have three key goals:
  1. support developing countries to plan, execute and run open data initiatives;
  2. increase re-use of open data in developing countries;
  3. and grow the base of evidence on the impact of open data for development.
Data Expedition (3)
School of Data Expedition, OKCON (September 2013)

Seeking Supporters and Partners

Both Open Data Institute and Open Knowledge Foundation will deliver programming to bolster existing community work and to support leaders. Building on each of our strengths, we will connect governments, businesses, civil society organizations and citizens. This means learning from those who are actively working with open data in key areas around the world. Our goal is to foster leadership with support, tools and training. The best part about this project is that it will be shaped by the people who are already using open data to to strengthen networks, build community and advocate for change. We are seeking new partners to help us build the momentum and strengthen our programming. We want to hear from you about your work and how you can contribute to the Open Data Partnership for Development. As we build out our plans, our goal is to help you get involved and learn more about our upcoming work. Please get in touch.

See you at Open Government Partnership Summit

If you are attending the Open Government Partnership Summit we will be available to discuss partnerships and details of the programme. The Open Data Institute and Open Knowledge Foundation teams will also be hosting Office Hours on Thursday, October 31st at 17:15 – 18:45 pm in the Festival Space (3rd Floor).

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