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Belgium Business Register (KBO BCE) in Open Data

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The Belgian enterprise register (Banque-Carrefour des Entreprises – BCE/Kruispuntbank van Ondernemingen – KBO) is the authentic source for all company information in Belgium. The legal framework …

The Belgian enterprise register (Banque-Carrefour des Entreprises – BCE/Kruispuntbank van Ondernemingen – KBO) is the authentic source for all company information in Belgium. The legal framework governing the register was recently revised, also in order to increase the transparency of the register’s information and allow the re-use of the data. The updated version of the legal framework will for example allow the BCE/KBO to:
•offer a free set of open data;
•show more information on the Public Search website (f.e. legal situations of an enterprise) and enlarge the search possibilities;
•offer public search webservices
This should make it possible for companies and individuals to develop applications, having a positive effect on the economy in general. The new legal framework should enter into force on the 9th of May 2014.

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  • 1. Belgian Enterprise Register Open Data Transparent Belgian company data « Empowering through openness » Frank De Saer
  • 2. http://economie.fgov.be
  • 3. Belgian Enterprise Register BCE Banque-Carrefour des Entreprises KBO Kruispuntbank van Ondernemingen  Authentic Source – – – – – Official company information Certified data input Identification through an unique identifier Legally encapsulated Privacy constraints
  • 4. Content 1,5 mio active companies  Enterprise legal persons (companies, foundations, associations…), sole traders, foreign companies, government agencies…  Establishment units of the enterprises: a place where, or from where, the activities of the enterprise are exercised  Information – – – – – General information (name, address…) Legal functions Activities Authorisations and qualities Establishment units information
  • 5. Current access to the KBO data  Public Search  Private Search     Web interface Web services Select Extracts (general public) (companies) (government) (government) (government) (government)
  • 6. Present Public Search  Individual company search engine  Limited set of data  Only active companies Data copy is NOT allowed
  • 7. Present re-use of data license agreement for commercial re-use  Limited set of data without history  Cost: € 100.000/year  Restrictions in use commercial re-use) (eg. no direct marketing, only
  • 8. KBO is a driver for more government efficiency  KBO is core system for simplifying company related processes: authorisations, registrations, licences , professional skills  One version of the truth: KBO as source for company statistics, economic analysis, samples,..  One single point of entrance: direct & electronic publication from KBO to Belgian official gazette  KBO as authentic source for user and access management: holding the functions and mandatories of persons who are empowered to represent the company
  • 9. Why Open Data?  Political statement: Open government – Transparency  Empowering Economic Value – Applications, Mobile apps – Government budget restraints – Outsource development to the crowd  Improving data quality – “Responsibility through transparency”
  • 10. The road to transparency  Political statement for more open government (2009).  Legal => work started 2010 Law accepted => 17/06/2013 – Still waiting on the implementing acts. (first half 2014)  Technical development preparations started 2012  Organizational preparations  Communications and Public Relations
  • 11. The long “legal” road          Political discussions Propositions of new laws Advice from Privacy Commission Discussions in Parliamentary commissions Voting of new legislation Executive acts and concrete modalities (KB/MB) Advice from Council of State Signature of King Publications in Belgian Gazette
  • 12. Legal framework (law + executive acts)  16 JANUARY 2003 (current framework)  17 JULY 2013 (future framework)  Entry into force: 9/05/2014
  • 13. The final result: KBO Open Data  New Public Search  3 different “Open Data” options
  • 14. New Public Search  Public company search engine  New data – Functions – Legal situation  New selection criteria – By Activity & postal code  Non-active companies & establishment  Free of charge  Daily updated
  • 15. http://economie.fgov.be
  • 16. http://economie.fgov.be
  • 17. http://economie.fgov.be
  • 18. http://economie.fgov.be
  • 19. KBO Open Data File  Registration (mandatory) in a Web application  Free of charge  2 sets of CSV files – 1 full copy off all available information – 1 update file  Monthly update
  • 20. KBO Open Data File Content  Active companies – Identification information enterprise (legal form, financial information,…) – – – – – – Identification information Establishment unit Contact information Name Address Activities Metadata and codes
  • 21. http://economie.fgov.be
  • 22. KBO Public Search Web Services  SOAP XML web service  Same possibilities as Public Search  Paying service (2000 requests => €50,00 by bank transfer)  Registration in a web application
  • 23. KBO Commercialization License agreement  License comparable with present commercial re-use  Price to be fixed by an act  Contains more information
  • 24. Some ideas for an Open KBO  Linked data: link KBO data with other (open/private) databases (e.g.. update supplier files)  A2A: use web service public search in other transactional applications (e.g. banking)  Mobile apps: nearest hospital  Economic dashboards: start-ups  Data cleansing
  • 25. http://economie.fgov.be
  • 26. Conclusions Open Data: We are in the middle of a momentum... Be creative … Innovate… Create value Be Open …
  • 27. Contact information FOD Economie, K.M.O., Middenstand en Energie Beheersdienst van de KBO Northgate II Koning Albert II-laan 16 1000 Brussel Contact center + 32 800 / 120 33 Helpdesk + 32 2/ 277 64 00 email: helpdesk.kbo@economie.fgov.be http://economie.fgov.be