Neat CPI use of DocumentCloud note embeds to compare signatures: http://t.co/yVoE4Bdq /ja
We released a feature this past week: Printing Document Annotations! Learn more about it on our blog: http://t.co/2wdfGRj3 /th
We’ve been hard at work during our short Columbia, Missouri hackathon at DocumentCloud’s new home at the Investigative Reporters & Editors office. As a result we’ve rolled out a new feature for readers and journalists to print annotations made on documents.
Journalists have been publishing documents through DocumentCloud for a while now as well as annotating documents both for readers and for their own story writing processes. We think it’s just as important for DocumentCloud to make story writing quicker and easier as it is to help readers find primary source material.
So, when Marshall Allen of ProPublica told us that he would like to try using DocumentCloud to take his story notes, we did our best to help out. As a result, you can now select one or more documents in the workspace and choose “Print Notes” under the “Publish” menu.
This way you can annotate your sources in DocumentCloud, and have a single copy of all your research ready at hand for your copy editor or read when your flight attendant announces that all power switches should be in the off position.
And readers can find a “Print Notes” link in the sidebar footer of the document viewer too.
We hope this will help readers and journalists alike note and collect information in the format the best suits their workflows. Happy Printing (and remember to recycle)!
Busy week! Our upload queue is a bit backed up, so we’re spinning up several more worker machines to cope. Thanks for bearing with us /th
Back in August, we announced that we’d be welcoming a new lead developer, but he’s been on the job two weeks already and we managed to forget to say anything like “Welcome aboard!”
Well, better late than never.
If you want to re-OCR the text of an existing document: open it, and click “Reprocess Text” under the “Text Tools” section. /ja
Just pushed out an upgrade to our OCR (via Docsplit). DocumentCloud should be able to read fine print much better now. /ja
DocumentCloud: Over 10 million primary source documents served. /ja
New DocumentCloud API feature: You can upload a doc hosted on a public server by passing the URL. Good for gov docs http://t.co/M9y8Er8 /ja
New version of VisualSearch.js is out: http://t.co/kfoKpZg. Version 0.2.0 adds support for multiple search boxes. /sc
Looking for some great examples of @documentcloud in local or national environmental reporting. Your favorites, please! /abh
What can you do with our API? Tons. For example: http://blog.documentcloud.org/blog/2011/08/getting-the-most-out-of-documentcloud/ /abh
Updated! How I left MuckRock out is beyond me. There may be more updates as appropriate.
If you’re new to programming, looking at what others have done is probably the best way to get your bearings. DocumentCloud is no exception. You asked for more, better API examples. We’re long overdue for a roundup of some of the great tools DocumentCloud users have built on our API or otherwise poked their heads under the hood. Continue reading »
DocumentCloud now has “freelancer” accounts, for times when you only want to share access to a single project: http://t.co/c62iH5n /ja
On large document-driven projects, newsrooms often bring together teams of collaborators that include independent researchers who aren’t formally part of the newsroom. Newsrooms that want a research team to evaluate thousands of documents — more than our collaboration tools are designed to accommodate — can take advantage of our new access level: the freelancer. A “freelancer” can upload, annotate, and edit documents like any other user, but they can only access documents you’ve explicitly shared with them.
To add a user (or ten) who is going to be contributing reporting but shouldn’t have access to the rest of your newsroom’s documents, you can create an account for a freelancer.
Freelancer accounts are good for anyone that you regularly work with, but who doesn’t actually work for your organization, or for folks you’re bringing together on a single reporting project.
For more information, check out our accounts documentation.
The Telegraph uses DocumentCloud to annotate News of the World articles that may have involved phone hacking. http://t.co/m2VEflY /ja
It’s been a big week for primary sources on the web — we’ve passed 1 million documents viewed in the past 7 days. /ja
Along with a slew of tweaks and bug fixes, the most notable new feature is HTML5 “pushState” support, which you can see in action by trying a search in DocumentCloud’s public archive. This enables the use of true URLs, but also requires you to do a bit of extra work on the back end to be sure that your application is capable of serving these pages, so it’s strictly on an opt-in basis.
Of course, not all browsers currently in popular use (ahem, Internet Explorer) support the “pushState” function yet. Older browsers will continue to use hash-based URLs, and if hash-based links are shared with modern browsers, they’ll be transparently upgraded to the “pushState” version of the URL.
Other changes include renaming Controller to Router for clarity, the refresh function to reset, and replacing saveLocation with a more flexible navigate API. There are instructions for upgrading from 0.3.3 to 0.5.0 that should help with these.
The full change log is also available.