Norway Opens Authentic Company Data
The Norwegian open data team at data.norge.no has announced that authentic company data can now be accessed for re-use as open data through an API. In a news item on the Brønnøysundregistrene (the Norwegian company register) website, Director Erik Fossum says this is an important milestone in making data available to citizens for re-use and enabling new solutions and applications.
Authentic data on nearly a million companies is now available through an API, a programmable interface, meaning applications can directly access and search the data through simple automatic requests.
Chris Taggart of OpenCorporates.com, a platform seeking to combine authentic company data from around the world and providing a unique company URI for all corporate identities, is equally enthusiastic about this step and hopes it will motivate other European countries to do the same. In a benchmark comparison he made the Norwegian data release puts Norway firmly in first position when it comes to opening up authentic company data.