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#Opendata, crowdsourcing, and #sharing economy tech take on new roles in disasters

#Opendata, crowdsourcing, and #sharing economy tech take on new roles in disasters | Public Datasets - Open Data - | Scoop.it
Sharing economy services and crowdsourced tech can help aggregate and distribute aid, housing, energy, and transportation to disaster survivors. Airbnb is one company that's stepping up.
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In a disaster, figuring out what technology you have still works, how long it will work, and who knows how to use it is precious information. The idea of "disaster tech" is a vocative of that notion: what works when nothing else does? Last week, at a forum convened by the White House to share commitments from the private sector and to demonstrate data-driven innovation to helping people and disasters, I was reminded of that need.

 

In a sign of the times, the categories in the program included the "sharing economy" and survivor support, crowdsourcing, open data, and public alerts. Behind the buzzwords, what matters most about any disaster technology is whether it works (from being interoperable with existing systems to being accessible to users), and whether it improves upon existing systems used by first responders and aid workers. If sharing economy services aggregate and distribute the demands of survivors to aid, excess housing, energy, or transport capacity, they can help people in need. These outcomes aren't theoretical.

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#OpenCorporates : How #complex are corporate structures? | #Opendata #dataviz

#OpenCorporates : How #complex are corporate structures? | #Opendata #dataviz | Public Datasets - Open Data - | Scoop.it
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How complex are international corporate structures?

If you want to understand how complex multinational companies are, consider this:

 

In Hong Kong, there's a company called Goldman Sachs Structured Products (Asia) Limited. It's controlled by another company called Goldman Sachs (Asia) Finance, registered in Mauritius.

 

That's controlled by a company in Hong Kong, which is controlled by a company in New York, which is controlled by a company in Delaware, and that company is controlled by another company in Delaware called GS Holdings (Delaware) L.L.C. 

 

Which itself is a subsidiary of the only Goldman you're likely to have heard of, The Goldman Sachs Group in New York City.

That's only one of hundreds of such chains. All told, Goldman Sachs consists of more than 4000 separate corporate entities all over the world, some of which are around ten layers of control below the New York HQ.

 

Of those companies approximately a third are registered in nations that might be described as tax havens.Indeed, in the world of Goldman Sachs, the Cayman Islands are bigger than South America, and Mauritius is bigger than Africa.

These are maps of the top five banking companies in the US, and are based on publicy available data from the Federal Reserve. Read more about our data on the link at the top left.

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The Open Database Of The #Corporate World | #opendata #economy

The Open Database Of The #Corporate World | #opendata #economy | Public Datasets - Open Data - | Scoop.it
Free and Open Company Data on millions of companies and corporations in over 20 countries, including UK, Spain, US, ...
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What is OpenCorporates?

 

OpenCorporates aims to do a straightforward (though big) thing: have a URL for every company in the world.

 

Is that all?

Well, no useful though that would be, we're also gradually importing government data relating to companies, and trying to match it to specific companies

 

Why do this?

Few parts of the corporate world are limited to a single country, and so the world needs a way of bringing the information together in a single place, and more than that, a place that's accessible to anyone, not just those who subscribe to proprietary datasets. See also the OpenCorporates Principles

 

There are quite a few countries you're missing

We've grown from 3 territories and a few million companies to over 75 jurisdictions and 55 million companies, and are working with the open data community to add more each week.

 

How can we get hold of the data?

We have a new API service, as well as our highly popular Google Refine reconciliation service (seedocumentation), and this allows access to the information as JSON or XML. If you need data in bulk, either for academic research work, for another cool open data project, or commercially, drop us an email atinfo@opencorporates.com.

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