Doorda Blog

Is Doomsday the best model for a modern census?

September 5th, 2017 by Clifford McDowell

Every 10 years we receive a questionnaire asking us to detail what is happening in our household. This hasn’t changed very much from 1066 so we wondered with the wealth of public data being made available if we could offer a fresher version without the need for 30 million questionnaires. (more…)

A History of Listed Properties

August 16th, 2017 by Clifford McDowell

A listed building or listed structure, in the United Kingdom, is one that has been placed on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. (more…)

Online forms, interrogation or engagement?

July 13th, 2017 by Clifford McDowell

Imagine a scenario where you visit a very slick well-designed website, complete an online form and get a response confirming everything is OK. 10 minutes later you get a call from someone checking what you entered! What a waste of time for all involved! I also suspect your opinion of the brand would change and you’d be somewhat frustrated with the time being wasted repeating information. (more…)

Can open data help underwriters reduce risk?

July 3rd, 2017 by Clifford McDowell

The role of underwriters in the insurance industry is a vital one, as they decide whether to accept or reject risks on behalf of insurance companies. Brokers and agents submit insurance applications on behalf of businesses and individuals and the underwriter reviews the application, ultimately deciding whether to offer insurance to the applicant. (more…)

People of Significant Control Register

June 26th, 2017 by Clifford McDowell

Significant Control Register 12 months later

UK companies have already had a year to get to grips with the People of Significant Control (PSC) Register that came into effect on 1st April 2016, as part of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015. (more…)

The Start-Up Data Dilemma

June 19th, 2017 by Clifford McDowell

The Challenge of Getting and Using the Data You Need

Some of the most exciting, innovative and disruptive ideas currently taking the world of business by storm did not come from the boardrooms and discussion sessions of the establishment. These plans were not laid down by the highly-paid, highly-lauded talent found in the upper reaches of the Fortune 500 list. Instead, they came from start-ups.


GDPR: The Risks to SMEs and Those Who Insure Them

April 28th, 2017 by Clifford McDowell

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will give private citizens back control of their personal data and will simplify the regulation of such data within the European Union. It replaces the current Data Protection Directive and is more comprehensive in many respects. But what impact will it have on small to mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the companies that insure them? (more…)

History of Companies House

April 24th, 2017 by Clifford McDowell

Did you know that every limited company in the UK is required to register with Companies House, and provide a certain amount of open data which will be made available to the public? This includes names (more…)

More local, open data

April 10th, 2017 by Clifford McDowell

We have championed the benefits of open data for both business and wider society for a long time, and it seems we are in good company. Early in his office as President of the USA, Barack Obama said that “in (more…)

Could Brexit spur more trade with the Commonwealth?

April 3rd, 2017 by Clifford McDowell

As people across Britain form their opinions on whether the country will be better off closely aligned to the European Union or well out of it, much of the talk about the UK’s future is naturally concerned (more…)