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Belgian Enterprise Register
Open Data
Transparent Belgian company data
« Empowering through openness »

Frank De Saer
http://economie.fgov.be
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
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
Current access to the KBO data
 Public Search
 Private Search





Web interface
Web services
Select
Extracts

(general public)
(companies)
(government)
(government)
(government)
(government)
Present Public Search
 Individual company search engine
 Limited set of data
 Only active companies
Data copy is NOT allowed
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
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
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”
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
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
Legal framework (law + executive acts)
 16 JANUARY 2003 (current framework)
 17 JULY 2013 (future framework)

 Entry into force: 9/05/2014
The final result: KBO Open Data
 New Public Search
 3 different “Open Data” options
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
http://economie.fgov.be
http://economie.fgov.be
http://economie.fgov.be
http://economie.fgov.be
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
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
http://economie.fgov.be
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
KBO Commercialization
License agreement
 License comparable with present
commercial re-use
 Price to be fixed by an act
 Contains more information
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
http://economie.fgov.be
Conclusions
Open Data: We are in the middle
of a momentum...
Be creative … Innovate…
Create value
Be Open …
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

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Belgium Business Register (KBO BCE) in Open Data

  • 1. Belgian Enterprise Register Open Data Transparent Belgian company data « Empowering through openness » Frank De Saer
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 26. Conclusions Open Data: We are in the middle of a momentum... Be creative … Innovate… Create value Be Open …
  • 27.
  • 28. 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