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#19: What is an entity?

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Entities are the data atoms of OpenSanctions. They can describe real things - like a person, company, passport or airplane - or somewhat abstract notions like a sanctions designation. Each entity has a set of properties, like a name, date of birth, or tax identifier.

Entities are organised into a network graph that describes the connections which exist between them. Our data model describes some types of relationships as entities which in turn have their own properties.

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