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import.io + Open Refine + Google Fusion Tables = Magic! | #SNA #ddj

import.io + Open Refine + Google Fusion Tables = Magic! | #SNA #ddj | Public Datasets - Open Data - | Scoop.it
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The University of Ottawa Library holds an employee training week every year, giving colleagues the opportunity to share experiences, skills, and insights with one another. I jumped on this opportunity to showcase import.io as a means of creating datasets from website content. The tutorial I developed demonstrated how to create a dataset from the City of Ottawa’s open data catalogue. It’s a really simple example to get users familiar with the functionality of import.io, an easy way to scrape web content via a simple interface and without having to code. In this post I will also demo how to use Open Refine to clean the data captured by import.io and how to visualize it using Google Fusion Tables.

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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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