Corporate network user manual
Welcome to the OpenOil corporate network user manual. This page is designed to help you navigate through the OpenOil data browser. In the following you will find:
Please note that the OpenOil data browser is still in its beta phase and that you might have to reload the page, once the browser stops working. Also note that it is a large data set requiring a fast internet connection, which works best with an updated version of the Google Chrome browser.
A network graph consists of different entities (called nodes) connected through different kinds of relationships (called edges).
Both nodes and edges are stored at the back-end in the OpenOil database, but can be represented through partial networks (called views) on the centerpage.
A) BP network
In the BP network, there are two kinds of relationships:
- Companies and jurisdictions: in the syntax of the network, for example, BP LNG Shipping Ltd ‘has jurisdiction’ in Bermuda.
- BP affiliates owning other BP affiliates: equity control. BP LNG Shipping Ltd, for instance, is 100% owned by BP Australia Shipping Propriertary Limited, which itself is 100% owned by BP Oil Australia Pty Limited.
B) Nigeria network
In addition to the two relationship types in the BP network (jurisdiction and ownership), the Nigeria network also includes data on contracts. In the example presented below, Afren Plc awarded a contract to Bell Oil and Gas Nigeria Limited, which is displayed this way:
There are three ways to access the data sets:
- by clicking on one of the features on the landing page, i.e. the BP World Map or the Nigeria network image
- through the searchbar in the left sidebar
- by clicking on an entity, while holding “CTRL” / “Command”
A) BP World Map
The blue dots on the world map represent BP’s presence of registered affiliates in that country. Once you click on a country, it will produce a graph, including:
- a country node (purple)
- BP’s subsidiaries registered in that country (linked to the country node by a “jurisdiction” relationship)
- ownership of those BP affiliates three-levels up, and their respective jurisdictions
There are two ways to use the searchbar (on the right):
- to search within a view (“Within”)
- to search across the whole data (“All”)
Please note that the searchbar doesn’t work when you are in the World Map view.
C) Clicking on Entities
A third and more intuitive route to access the data is through clicking on entities displayed on the centerpage (while holding “Ctrl” / “Command”). Doing so will automatically display all available connections of that particular entity.
Going back to the Barbados view, you might want to find out more about the BP Exploration Company Limited. Clicking on its company node will produce this picture:
Please note that limiting the “depth” of the presented views under “advanced settings” will considerably reduce the loading time.
A) Drag and Drop
You can rearrange the displayed entities through dragging them around on the centerpage. Once you have placed a node somewhere on the screen, it will stay there. You should be aware, however, that nodes are “charged” and that moving one entity will therefore affect others. This effect will stop though, once you have attributed a position to every single entity.
B) Zoom in and out
You can either zoom in & out through the bar at the top, or by using the rollbar of your mouse.
In order to develop the OpenOil data browser further, we are seeking to establish relationships with anybody interested in developing similar data sets. As of now, the OpenOil data browser consists of two prototype data sets: the BP and the Nigeria networks.
So please get in touch if you are interested in additional data! You can do so by writing an email at email@example.com (for broader requests). If you are interested in that particular entity, please fill out the “request form” in the right sidebar of the navigator.