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:

I. Introduction

II. Basics of Navigation

III. Tips for Advanced Use

IV. Data Request

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.


 I. Introduction

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:


II. Basics of Navigation

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
For example, when you click on Barbados in the world map, you will see the two BP affiliates registered there, BP (Barbados) Holding SRL and BP Train 2/3 Holding SRL. Connected to BP (Barbados) Holding SRL you will also see its immediate owner (one-level up), BP Global Investments Limited, as well as the owner of its owner and where it is registered: BP plc (two-levels up) with its jurisdiction, the United Kingdom.
Remember, although BP plc is the ultimate owner of all of BP’s subsidiaries, it will not always show at the end of the graph, because the views are limited to three levels of ownership. So in order to follow the ownership chain of a particular entity, hold “CTRL” / “Command” and click on the entity (as described above).


B) Searchbar

There are two ways to use the searchbar (on the right):

  • to search within a view (“Within”)
  • to search across the whole data (“All”)
Searching within results allows you to search for a company, contract or country that is already displayed on the centerpage. Once you enter something into the searchbar, the system will provide you with matching options, i.e. when typing “BP” into the searchbar on the Barbados view, it will produce these results (matches are marked in grey):

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.

III. Tips for Advanced Use

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.

IV. Data request

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.

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