Friday lunchtime lecture: Better organisation identifiers through a decentralised list of lists

Friday 01 December 2017, 1:00pm - 1:00pm

Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London, EC2A 4JE

Friday lunchtime lectures are for everyone and are free to attend. You bring your lunch, we provide tea and coffee, an interesting talk, and enough time to get back to your desk.


Image: 'Hello my name is' sticker by Wikipedia, (CC by 1.0)

Thousands upon thousands of open datasets reference organisations. But often they use just a name, or an ambiguous number drawn from an undeclared list. is a collaboratively created register of organisation identifier lists: providing the easiest, quickest and most accurate way to locate organisation identifiers.

In this talk, Tim Davies will explore the creation and use of, as a collaborative project bringing together different open data standard projects with a shared approach to deliver joined-up data about organisations across different datasets. We will explore practical tips for producing better data about organisations, as well as reflecting on the importance of a pragmatic and decentralised approach to organisation identification, before looking ahead to a future roadmap for the project.

About the speaker

Tim Davies is co-founder of Open Data Service Co-operative, where he has worked on datasets about organizations involved in aid, procurement, and grant making, and on data standards for representing company structures and ownership. He has been researching and writing about open data since 2009, and was previously been Open Data Research Co-ordinator at the World Wide Web Foundation, and a fellow of the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

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