Company Register 56% open

Belgium

What data is expected?

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.

  • Name of company
  • Company address
  • Unique identifier of the company
  • Register available for entire country

How open is the data?

Data Usability Beta

The submitter assessed the usability of the data as follows (3 - little to no effort needed, 1 - extensive effort needed): 2

Data format

HTML

Data Location

  • http://kbopub.economie.fgov.be/kbopub/zoeknummerform.ht - Crossroads Bank for Enterprises Public Search
  • All answers

    Question Answer Comment
    Openly licenced Yes
    Downloadable at once No
    Up-to-date Yes
    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
    findable 2
    findable_steps Google search
    licence_url http://economie.fgov.be/nl/modules/publications/kbo/lic
    Collected by government Yes
    usability 2
    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.
    Controlled access Yes
    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

    Reviewer comments

    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.

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    Date the data became available   Unknown
    Format of data   Unknown
    Reviewer   Evangelia Kampouri
    Submitters   anonymous
    Last modified   Fri Dec 02 2016 10:03:03 GMT+0000 (UTC)