List of registered (limited liability) companies. The submissions in this data category do not need to include detailed financial data such as balance sheet, etc. Open data from company registers may be used for many ends: e.g. enabling customers and businesses to see with whom they deal, or to see where a company has registered offices. This definition draws on the work of OpenCorporates.
The submitter assessed the usability of the data as follows (3 - little to no effort needed, 1 - extensive effort needed): 2
|Downloadable at once||No|
|Publicly available||No||Data are available through a search mask and it is necessary to know the name of an entity in order to find it.|
|Available free of charge||Yes|
|In an open and machine-readable format||HTML|
|Collected by government||Yes|
|collector_name||FPS Economy (Banque-Carrefour des Entreprises / Kruispuntbank van Ondernemingen)||The Belgian company register (Banque-Carrefour des Entreprises / Kruispuntbank van Ondernemingen) within the FPS Economy is responsible for the collection and publication of this information/data.|
|characteristics||Name of company, Company address, Unique identifier of the company, Register available for entire country|
|location||http://kbopub.economie.fgov.be/kbopub/zoeknummerform.ht - Crossroads Bank for Enterprises Public Search||Information and the open data is available one several websites (the website of the FPS Economy and the Belgian open data website|
I could not find any data on the data.gov.be and http://economie.fgov.be websites as suggested by the submitter. According to the open data license agreement (http://economie.fgov.be/nl/modules/publications/kbo/licence_open_data.jsp), "the licensee may not reuse the data for a purpose other than the one stated in his registration as a user of the files 'open data'" so it appears that in order to access the data, a registration was to be expected. Also, "the licensor shall make the information available in the form of CSV files of the licensee on the website https://kbopub.economie.fgov.be/kbo-open-data. The data is the first Sunday of the month [sic] and updated at the latest on Monday." The link should redirect to a user registration form, however the links lead nowhere (https://kbopub.economie.fgov.be/kbo-open-data/kbo-open-data/signup?form=&lang=en). The link provided by the submitter (http://data.gov.be/nl/node14657) redirects to an error: "page could not be found". Hence, the link provided by the submitter was replaced with the website address http://kbopub.economie.fgov.be/kbopub/zoeknummerform.html which appears to be the only way of finding company data. Entities can be searched for free through a search mask and it is necessary to know the name, number, activity, license, or address of an entity in order to find it. The data cannot be downloaded at once, thus I changed the answer to B5 accordingly. Rather than .CSV format as stated by the submitter, the list of enterprises/establishment units is presented in .HTML format and can also be downloaded in .PDF form. The search results were presented based on the "situation in the CBE database on 13/02/2017" (today's date is 14/02/2017) so data appear to be updated regularly.