Working on the edge: tracking mining companies in Tanzania!
At OpenOil we’ve been engaged in the last couple of months in seeing how it is possible to use Big Data techniques to track the corporate web across the world’s oil, gas and mining companies. Part of this has involved seeing if together with our friends we can actually get into company registers in some out of the way places and datafy company records at the local level. That’s included Tanzania, where there are FOIA requests currently in to pull the basic shreholding and director lists of about 30 companies active in mining. The idea is that then we can trace ownership up into more public jurisdictions and create a Responsibility Chain which tracks ownership, operations, profit and consequences, particularised with the corporate and legal entities at each stage, running in parallel to the Value Chain.
But before we get there: this is the original format sitting in the government offices!