Large-Scale Open Corporate Data Collection and Analysis as an Enabler of Corporate Social Responsibility Research

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10673)


During the last years, citizens and transparency initiatives put increasing pressure on governments, organizations, and companies to be more transparent and to publicize information pertaining to their operations. Although several organizations have started engaging in open data practices, data quality, structure and availability is still highly inconsistent across organizations, which makes it challenging and effort-intensive to obtain and analyze large-scale high-quality datasets. To this end, this paper examines how publicly available financial and corporate data can be leveraged to extract useful inferences regarding the financial and social performance of companies. Numerous reports have been collected from the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and analyzed to study hypotheses regarding the corporate practices and social responsibility of companies.


Open data Information retrieval Corporate Social Performance eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) 



This work has been supported by the WikiRate and ChainReact projects, partially funded by the European Commission under contract numbers FP7-609897 and H2020-687967 respectively.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Information Technologies Institute (ITI), CERTH -ITIThessalonikiGreece

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