Chris Taggart is one of the main energy bundles behind real practical progress in open data in the UK. besides starting to scrape local government websites to create the the remarkable openlylocal, and then casually setting up open charities (open data for information about charities) he has also been working on making information about business more freely available,
Open Corporates – he tells me – has reached quite a milestone:
A few hours ago, OpenCorporates tipped over the 20 million companies mark (with information on 40 million statutory filings too). Traffic is doubling roughly every 3 months, and all without VC backing.We’re pretty pleased with all this, and couldn’t have done this without the open data community, who’ve helped with writing scrapers, giving advice and generally being there for us.