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Frequently Answered Questions: Blogging Tools

Posted
May 30th, 2011

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Workspace ,

Author
Amanda Hickman

DocumentCloud’s users are a diverse lot, to say the least. In some newsrooms skilled programmers are busy writing python wrappers for our API, while in other users are embedding documents with no programmers to be found.

If you’re trying to integrate DocumentCloud with blogging software like WordPress or Blogger, we can help. Continue reading »

FAQ: Should I Try Again?

Posted
Apr 1st, 2011

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Author
Amanda Hickman

Every once in a while, DocumentCloud gets hit with the kind of document stash that really slows us down. We can take a lot, but if one newsroom finally gets a 25,000 page FOIA turned over to them and another gets a hold of 30,000 pages of documents for a breaking news story about the on the same afternoon, that’s a volume that will tax our servers.

We recently established a “fast lane” to ensure that smaller documents don’t have to get in line behind behemoths, but that doesn’t help if you’ve got a few MB of documents about a local scandal — you’ll still have to shuffle into line with the big sets. Continue reading »

Frequently Asked Questions: Journalism School Edition

Posted
Jan 5th, 2011

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Author
Amanda Hickman

We get a decent number of inquiries from journalism schools interested in incorporating DocumentCloud into their coursework. That’s great, it really is. If you take a look at our list of document contributors, you’ll see a nice collection of journalism schools, student reporting projects and investigative reporting institutes. We absolutely welcome journalism schools.

That said, there are a few things worth knowing before you contact us. Continue reading »

Frequently Asked Questions: WikiLeaks Edition

Posted
Dec 20th, 2010

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Author
Amanda Hickman

With WikiLeaks in the news, there are a few questions (two, actually) that we’ve been asked rather frequently of late, questions we hadn’t anticipated in our original list of frequently asked questions. Questions like …

Is DocumentCloud the new Wikileaks? Isn’t OpenLeaks just a Swedish DocumentCloud?

No, not really. We’re both nonprofits dedicated to publishing data and documents, but that’s about it.

To join DocumentCloud, you need to be a journalist, or work a lot like one. Our goal is to help reporters publish more source documents and to build a catalog of primary (and secondary) source documents that individual journalists have researched and written about: we expect our users to be uploading documents they’re reporting on. Document contributors make a commitment to us that they’re confident of the authenticity of the documents they upload. And every user tells us their name — it goes right on every document. Continue reading »