Understanding OpenSanctions data

Our data model provides a domain specific language to describe people, companies, and the relationships between them.

OpenSanctions collects data about political and economic influence and conflict. In order to correctly describe these real-world structures and the risks associated with them, we use a data model focussed on the notion of entities.

Entities have various properties, denoting - for example - their name, creation date, and association with one or more countries. They can also use properties to reference other entities, e.g. a Passport entity will link to its holder. Some relationships are - in turn - entities: a Person can be linked to a Company via an Ownership entity, which might document further details, like the time period and ownership percentage.

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