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Job posting: DocumentCloud seeks data engineer

Posted
Mar 7th, 2015

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Anthony DeBarros

We’re looking for a data engineer to join the growing team at DocumentCloud! If you’d enjoy a chance to help develop the next generation of our service — an open-source civic platform that more than 1,000 news organizations use to analyze, annotate and publish documents for the public good — we’d love to hear from you.

This is a full-time, two-year position with full University of Missouri benefits funded by a grant from the Knight Foundation. We’re a nimble, tightly knit team that works remotely — we stay connected via Slack and video chats — so you can live where you’d like and work flexible hours.

You’ll work on DocumentCloud’s processing pipeline, which makes searching and analyzing document collections accessible to journalists, to improve DocumentCloud’s extraction and analysis capabilities. The pipeline consists of several open source tools wrapped up in our Ruby-based infrastructure (a Rails-driven API and our CloudCrowd parallel processing toolkit). You’ll also play a key role in developing our production API capabilities, especially focused around what information we extract for users from documents and how best to do so.

Our ideal candidate would have the following skills and qualities:

— Independent problem-solver who values learning, keeps current on trends, and knows how to pick the right set of tools for a problem.
— Able to write clean, well-documented code; you know your way around Git, and your Github account shows activity.
— Strong ability to collaborate and communicate with a distributed team.
— Ruby and Rails.
— Experience with Unix-based systems.
— Some knowledge of data science, linguistics, information extraction or search. SOLR experience is a bonus.
— An interest in language and data processing.
— Knowledge of SQL (Postgres preferred).

You’ll join DocumentCloud at a significant time. We’re enjoying widespread use of our platform, and our tools have been used to investigate and publish stories from the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, to the Guardian’s NSA spying leaks. We collaborate with organizations such as the Washington Post, The Associated Press and Mozilla’s OpenNews fellows to build better ways to present the news, and you’ll have the chance to be part of the community exploring this intersection of news, data and technology.

To apply, please contact us at jobs@documentcloud.org

Job Posting: Come work on DocumentCloud’s front end!

Posted
Jan 20th, 2015

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Anthony DeBarros

DocumentCloud, the platform journalists use to analyze, annotate and publish documents, is growing! We have an immediate need for a JavaScript developer/architect who can help build the next evolution of our platform. This is a full-time, two-year position with full University of Missouri benefits funded by a grant from the Knight Foundation.

You can live where you’d like and work flexible hours. We’re a nimble, tightly knit team that works remotely. We scrum daily and stay connected via Slack and video chats. Our code is open source, so your commits to our Github will be seen by the growing community that depends on our platform.

You’ll join DocumentCloud at a significant time.  We build a civic platform that more than 1,000 news organizations worldwide use for the public good, and we value transparency, accountability and the preservation of a free press.  Our tools have been used to investigate and publish stories from the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, to the Guardian’s NSA spying leaks. We collaborate with organizations like the Washington Post, The Associated Press and Mozilla’s OpenNews fellows to build better ways to present the news, and you’ll have the chance to be part of the community exploring this intersection of news, data and technology.

You’ll be at the center of several of our immediate goals: we plan on improving the experience of reading documents on mobile devices; developing templates for displaying documents; and refreshing our website and user workspace.  And we’re interested in your creative input as we navigate DocumentCloud’s path forward.

Here’s what we’re looking for:

In this front end role, you’ll focus on DocumentCloud’s Backbone/Rails components, which let users upload, organize, research and embed documents – making it easy for users to highlight and publish the newsy parts of documents. You’ll develop for desktop and mobile web across browsers, creating a smart, easy workflow for journalists investigating and publishing documents, as well as our readers in the public.

We’d like you to have some or most of these skills and qualities:

— Strong ability to collaborate and communicate with a distributed team.

— Independent problem-solver who values learning, keeps current on new trends, but knows how to pick the right set of tools for a problem.

— Able to write clean, well-documented code; you know your way around Git, and your Github account shows activity.

— Familiar with Ruby/Rails and SQL/databases or willing to dive in and gain enough knowledge to contribute when needed.

To apply, please contact us at jobs@documentcloud.org

DocumentCloud searches for Product Manager

Posted
Oct 9th, 2014

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Ted Han

DocumentCloud is a technology service created to help journalists and improve transparency in journalism.  Our platform helps journalists find and highlight interesting information in the primary source documents used in their reporting.

Our document research & publishing platform is used by the likes of the New York Times, ProPublica, the Guardian, NPR, La Nacion, Al Jazeera, Homicidewatch and many more.  Journalists have used our tools to support their innovative, award winning and world changing reporting (you can see examples on our featured reporting page).

With the help of a $1.4 million grant from the Knight Foundation, we’re expanding our team so that DocumentCloud can grow as an organization and sustain itself as an effective and efficient tool for our users.

We’re searching for a product manager who has experience working with software development teams.  You need to be comfortable with human-centric design processes (even in an informal way).  As manager you’ll work with our development team to plan, prioritize and keep us focused on making good products.  Together with our team, you’ll be responsible for developing products & features in line with our mission and our goal of generating enough revenue to sustain DocumentCloud.

We care deeply about contributing to the civic sphere whether that’s better tools for reporters, or open source software and patterns.  In fact the DocumentCloud platform itself was written as open source components, many of which have gone on to be adopted in other industries including Backbone.js, Underscore.js, VisualSearch, Docsplit as well as many others.

So, we hope you’ll join us to make great products with an eye to make the world greater too.  You’ll be able to join us from wherever you live, as DocumentCloud operates as a distributed organization.  Officially we’re based out of the Columbia, Missouri offices of our parent organization, Investigative Reporters & Editors, but we primarily function through Slack, IRC and Hangouts/Skype.

Email us at jobs@documentcloud.org by October 31st!