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Two Dozen Media Outlets and Others Join Us as Beta Testers

Sep 24th, 2009



We have some more news: About two dozen news and other organizations have signed on as beta-testers. They’ll be contributing documents to DocumentCloud, and giving us feedback as we work out the kinks. It’s a wide-ranging list:

  • ACLU National Security Project
  • Arizona Republic
  • The Atlantic
  • Center for Democracy and Technology / OpenCRS
  • Centre for Investigative Journalism, City University London
  • Center for Investigative Reporting / California Watch
  • Center for Public Integrity
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Dallas Morning News
  • The Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University
  • The New Yorker
  • NewsHour
  • MinnPost
  • Mother Jones
  • Public.Resource.Org
  • St. Petersburg Times
  • Sunlight Foundation
  • Voice of San Diego
  • Washington Post
  • WNYC

These organizations will be joining our original set of contributors — The New York Times, ProPublica, Talking Points Memo, The National Security Archive, and Gotham Gazette — all of whom will of course be working with us during the testing too.

Earlier this morning we also announced that we’re working with Thomson Reuters’ OpenCalais service to extract and make available information from the documents contributed to DocumentCloud.

E-mail us if you’d like to participate in the testing. We’re interested in any organization, including non-profits and academic institutions, that have obtained documents during their research.

If you’re new here, the goal of DocumentCloud is to super-charge investigations by making documents, and the information in them, easier to find and share. Readers will be able to search documents on DocumentCloud and then will be pointed to the documents themselves on contributing organizations’ Web sites. (Here’s a FAQ with more details.)

Finally, you can keep following our progress on this blog — or follow us on Twitter, or RSS. And we’re releasing our code each step of the way.

Thomson Reuters and OpenCalais

Sep 24th, 2009



This morning we’re excited to announce a partnership with Thomson Reuters, which is contributing its OpenCalais service to DocumentCloud. OpenCalais uses natural language processing to extract information from documents, instantly identifying and tagging the relevant people, places, companies, facts and events. This will make it easy for readers and journalists to explore connections between documents and across the full collection of source materials.

If you’ve seen us do a presentation about DocumentCloud, you already know it’s going to be a key part of what makes DocumentCloud great.

Our First Hire

Sep 14th, 2009



We’re excited to announce that Jeremy Ashkenas has joined the team as the lead developer for DocumentCloud. His previous job was at Zenbe Inc., a provider of online email and collaboration software. He’s the creator of the Ruby-Processing visualization toolkit, and a winnertwice — of the Sunlight Foundation’s Apps for America competition. Jeremy graduated from Brown University with a degree in Literary Systems.

Over the past few weeks, he’s been working on the central processing system for a DocumentCloud prototype. We are planning to open source this tool shortly … so stay tuned.