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UK IPR league tables (2002-2011)

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IPR is a jurisdiction based indicator of present investment in r&d and also future potential employment and GNI growth, a key factor in the latest UK and Isle of Man revenue sharing agreement.  The Isle of Man and Channel Islands share the UK IPR registers.  I have now collated and reformatted fragmented data on UK IPR statistics from 2002 to 2011 to baseline and benchmark the Isle of Man with Jersey, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Malta, Cyprus, etc.

However, to a busy executive, the official layout could inadvertently redirect all offshore enquiries to the Channel Islands as the Isle of Man does not benefit from the same implied status at the top of the table!

We should contact the UK Intellectual Property Office and request that the listing should consistently either collate the Isle of Man with the UK and Channel Islands or include the Channel Islands in the alphabetical list below the United Kingdom as per the Isle of Man – although actually the Channel Islands line should be itemised into Jersey, Guernsey, Sark and Alderney as relevant.

As collated statistics:

As open data:

Best regards,

Graeme Jones MBCS

Lateral Thinking Project Manager

Academic Inspiration

Written by iomgov

3 August 2012 at 15:10

Posted in Open Data, Research

Isle of Man Open Data Report

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I have been invited by the Department of Economic Development to the next Ebusiness Development Group meeting to explain open data, to recommend some action points and to shortlist some potential projects.

I have drafted some reference notes but they will need some more unpaid hours.  C’est la vie!

Written by iomgov

26 January 2012 at 07:41

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IPA – September 2011

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226 regulated corporate entities as at 5th September 2011 with 5 added and 8 removed since 15th March 2011 (net down 3)


Capita Life and Pensions Services (Isle of Man) Limited; Insurance Manager

Cell EG Authorised; Insurer (Captive)

Friends Life Company Limited; Insurance Permit Holder (Life)

Hansell Underwriting Limited; General Insurance Business Intermediary

Island Financial Solutions Limited; General Insurance Business Intermediary


AXA Sun Life plc; Insurance Permit Holder (Life)

BAE Systems Reinsurance (Isle of Man) Limited; Authorised Insurer (Captive)

CGI Intermediaries Limited; General Insurance Business Intermediary

Chartis Insurance Management Services (IOM) Limited; Insurance Manager

Interbuild Insurance Limited; Authorised Insurer (Captive)

Man Re PCC Limited; Authorised Insurer (Captive)

ML Insurance (IOM) Limited; Authorised Insurer (Captive)

O2 Assurance Limited; Authorised Insurer (Captive)



Written by iomgov

5 September 2011 at 09:40

Posted in Open Data

opencorporates map

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I helped Chris Taggart at with the Isle of Man data, some other offshore jurisdictions and corporate entities/structures.

Pending tweaks but I have developed a visual front end to to help demonstrate to officials, to track total progress with colour coded links and to help end users without English:

opencorporates map



Written by iomgov

23 August 2011 at 15:09

Posted in News, Open Data, Services

Registered Charities – October 2010

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Written by iomgov

5 May 2011 at 09:11

Posted in Open Data


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The ODPS website has 2 datasets as at 28th January 2011 in PDF format:

Although the datasets include some personal names, the data refers to a a corporate context and the lists are statutory public registers.

Converted the PDF data into CSV open data.  The Isle of Man Government website does not have any references to data downloads in CSV format – Google search on “ csv”.

Should the data include all actively trading corporate entities?

I think asset holding entities (lots) are exempted, etc.

Fairly typical legals:
“Material on the Data Protection Supervisor’s site is independent of that hosted by the Isle of Man Government and is protected by copyright. The copyright owner is the Isle of Man Data Protection Supervisor. You may not make alterations or additions to the material on this site, or sell it or misappropriate it. Material may be downloaded or copied for personal use. However, appropriate acknowledgement of the copyright owner is required if material is re-published in any format.”

A dictionary definition of “misappropriate” is “to put to a wrong use”.

Are there any relevant documented legal issues?

Chris Taggart at noted recent discussions with the UK Information Commissioner to release a similar dataset with millions of entries.



Written by iomgov

3 March 2011 at 17:47

Posted in Open Data

Companies Registry

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Discussed webscraping with Julian Todd from the website and Chris Taggart from the website.

Reviewed the data on the DED Companies Registry name search option.


Written by iomgov

20 February 2011 at 21:21

Posted in Open Data

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