By: Jeff Sonderman | Poynter.org
DocumentCloud, the startup that works with news organizations to post troves of primary source documents online in a searchable, shareable format, becomes a project of Investigative Reporters and Editors today.
DocumentCloud launched in 2009, funded by a two-year Knight News Challenge grant of $719,500. The service has grown to host more than 100,000 source documents totaling over 1.5 million pages. News outlets have used it to annotate the full text of the Arizona immigration law, explain the records behind a foster home scandal in Chicago, and more.
In short, the service takes analog paper documents and turns them into digital data, enabling reporters and users to read, analyze, highlight and share them online. Advanced features help journalists look for patterns and recurring names, extract dates, and annotate documents with notes to explain sections and help tell a story.