lunes, 16 de julio de 2012

En información comercial, somos de lo peor de los miembros de la Open Government Partnership

España no aparece porque su puntuación es 0.
Dicen los autores del informe en el que se basa el gráfico de The Economist
No OGP country company register scores well in this survey,
the best being the UK (from July), ironically  followed by countries (the Czech Republic, Albania, Slovak Republic) that have a much shorter recent history of democratic government than many of the other countries with much lower scores. 
The bad The next group of countries, including the US (see below), all score 32 or less, in general allowing little more than free online searching. Little extra information is made available, there is no licence that allows for reuse, and often an explicit closed licence that prevents reuse to some degree. Within this group the level of company data returned by search varies from basic (generally lacking essential data such as directors, statutory filings and significant shareholders) to very sparse, sometimes with just a name, company type and status.
Finally, we get to those countries that are completely closed, preventing even searches of companies without  charge and without registration. These countries, which include Spain, Greece and Brazil, appear to treat the registers, not for the public benefit, but as an extension of the global business information services (Dun & Bradstreet, Bureau van Dijk, Experian, etc), who buy the data in bulk and resell to their corporate customers. The justification – that they can find entities who will pay for this data – misunderstands both the role of data and  companies in the modern world, and the nature of the public good. There are many things the state could charge for (the police force, street lights, even the right to vote), but doing so would undermine both the state’s legitimacy and the wider society. Similarly with company data – this is data collected for a statutory purpose for the public benefit and should be treated accordingly – and to bring the old truism up to date, in the 21st century  “Data Is The Currency Of Democracy”.
De este informe de OpenCorporates. España es miembro de la iniciativa OGP (Open Government Partnership desde agosto de 2011)

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