What is the
Open LEIs website for?
- It is a way to make the data contained in the LEI system more usable and useful. OpenCorporates believes this will make reuse easier, help identify quality problems and increase understanding of the LEI system. As the LEI system develops over the coming months, we expect the Open LEIs website to grow and evolve.
- What is Open LEIs relationship to the GLEIS? Is it like the Central Operating Unit
- The Central Operating Unit (see "About the LEI System (GLEIS)">About the LEI System) is the part of the LEI system that will coordinate and control the activity of the federated local operating units and will have a formal role in the management and operation of the GLEIS. Open LEIs has no such formal role, but is a website and service to show the potential for the LEI system, and help identify problems and issues.
- Where did you get the data from?
- The Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF), a supra-national not-for-profit organization tasked to support the implementation and use of the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI), provides authoritative information, updated daily, on all LEIs issued to date, and produces consolidated data dumps. Open LEIs regularly imports these and makes the information available in a searchable, browsable form. We also make the data for the individual entries available through a lightweight API (see the API links on each page)
- How up-to-date are the data?
- We are importing the data every night, and show the timestamp of when it was last changed on every page
- What's OpenCorporates' relationship with the LEI system?
- OpenCorporates was on the initial advisory panel that let to the founding of the LEI system, and has played an active part in the Private Sector Preparatory Group that provides feedback to the GLEIS. We are strong supporters of the system, and the public-access principles on which it is based
- What is OpenCorporates?
- OpenCorporates is the largest openly licensed database of companies in the world, with over 60 million companies in 80+ jurisdictions. Our goal is to have an entry for every single legal entity in the world – Open Street Map of the corporate world if you like. We also make the data available under an open, Share-Alike Attribution licence via our API. Those who wish to use the data without the Share-Alike restrictions can do so under a non-share-alike licence, and among are users are governments, major financial institutions and business information companies.
We believe that open corporate data is not just important for scrutiny, understanding, and good business, it also has significant quality benefits, and we recently started adding open corporate network data to the information on the site.
We also developed the Open Company Data Index in partnership with the World Bank Institute to highlight the issue of access to statutory company data
- Where can I find out more about OpenCorporates
- Visit http://OpenCorporates.com, read our blog at http://blog.OpenCorporates.com, follow us on Twitter at @OpenCorporates