Panama Papers as Open Linked Data

On 9th of May ICJI released a database with information on more than 200,000 offshore entities that are part of the Panama Papers investigation and about more than 100,000 additional companies that were part of the 2013 ICIJ Offshore Leaks investigation

It includes „information about companies, trusts, foundations and funds incorporated in 21 tax havens, from Hong Kong to Nevada in the United States. It links to people in more than 200 countries and territories.“ It also includes „information about more than 100,000 additional companies that were part of the 2013“

Linked Leaks Usage

Linked Leaks, an Ontotext portal, publishes this data as a knowledge graph, according to the Linked Open Data principles. This allows one to enter the URL identifier of the an entity or a person (say, in a web browser to see all the information available in for this entity in the database. Applications can retrieve the relevant information for a resource making HTTP GET with its URL.

Data allows for all sorts of discovery and analytics queries such as:

  • Companies that have more than one shareholder in common with a given one;
  • Companies related to a given shareholder (be it person or organization), including control relationships;
  • Companies that control other companies in the same country, through company in an offshore zone;
  • Most popular offshore jurisdictions.

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