OpenSanctions is an international database of persons and companies of political, criminal, or economic interest.
The project combines the sanctions lists, databases of politically exposed persons, and other information about persons in the public interest into a single, easy-to-use dataset. The code and methodology used to make it are distributed for free.
This makes it easy to:
Collecting persons of interest data is a labour intensive process: data users need to scrape data from dozens of sources, then parse partial and sometimes incorrect information about nationalities, birth dates and identifiers. De-duplicating common entries across many data sources poses another time-consuming challenge.
This creates unnecessary and duplicative work for all users of persons-of-interest data, whether they are fintech/regtech technologists, investigative journalists, academics or others.
We believe that the solution to this is to establish a data commons, an open resource that provides high-quality, up-to-date data, is open to feedback and set up to provide a long-term solution for data sourcing.
The development of OpenSanctions is coordinated by Friedrich Lindenberg. From 2017 to 2019, maintenance of the crawlers was assumed by Tarashish Mishra at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. You can see a list of those who have contributed crawlers on Github.
From September 2021 to Feburary 2022, this project received financial support from the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF) under the grant identifier
01IS21S48. The full responsibility for the content of this publication remains with its