Both corporate identities and activities remain too opaque and complex to get a full 3D view of any given company. To gain a greater understanding of corporations and their activities, the OrgPedia project aims to prototype the tools, processes and incentives for combining open government data, such as regulatory filings, with open private data, such as NGO reports, and crowdsourced data gathered from individuals about companies.
To build the foundation for the OrgPedia Project, the GovLab is developing the methodology, prototype, platform, and pilot a program to solicit, aggregate, and organize crowdsourced intelligence on a select number of corporations in the Extractives Industry – i.e., the oil, gas, and mining sectors. The project is to be designed with the goal of understanding whether it is possible to:
By making information about players in the Extractives industry more accessible, the project will seek to increase the transparency and accountability of those actors. Moreover, the initial pilot phase of the project will help to uncover an optimal methodology for combining crowdsourcing and open data to yield new insights into institutional behaviors.