Release Notes: Contributing to MuckRock's open source efforts
MuckRock is open source software, meaning anyone can freely inspect, modify, and run the software themselves. It also means that you can help develop the site by contributing new features, bug fixes, and suggestions. This project explains how, while also providing a starting point for new contributors.
If you’d like to help us continue making improvements like these in the future, there are lots of ways to help out.
If you do the latter, please search open issues first to make sure it hasn’t already been reported. If it has been reported previously, please leave an additional comment letting us know it’s an issue for you, particularly if you can provide more details about when it crops up or what you think is causing the problem.
For those who want to contribute design, code, or otherwise more directly to the site, we have a developer channel on the MuckRock Slack. Once you’re on the Slack, just drop a message in #Intros asking to be added to the #developers channel.
Code for Boston
MuckRock is a part of Code for Boston’s weekly hack nights, which take place Tuesday evenings in Kendall Square. We might not make it to every one of them, so if you want to meet up there it’s a good idea to check in on Slack or email first.
In particular, we’re looking for designers who are interested in helping us find ways to make all of our tools and data more accessible and more fun to use. We’ve got a relatively simple front-end stack, so if you’re interested in helping hundreds of thousands of people better understand public records and the importance of transparency, please get in touch!
Release Notes: A new way to upload documents from your MuckRock requests to DocumentCloud, new OCR tools and Python wrapper improvements
The DocumentCloud team is pleased to introduce a new way to upload responsive documents from your MuckRock requests directly to DocumentCloud, three powerful new OCR tools and several enhancements to our Python wrapper for the DocumentCloud API. These updates will help you upload documents more efficiently and provide better error tracking.
The DocumentCloud team has released a new UI for Add-Ons, making it easier to activate, pin, schedule, or edit future runs of your favorite DocumentCloud Add-Ons. This redesign allows users to start running an Add-On with fewer clicks, adds Add-Ons to the sidebar for easier access, provides dedicated views for Add-Ons you have used in the past, and a clearer drop-down menus for ones you have scheduled, a view for your past and future Add-On runs and clearer edit buttons for scheduled Add-On runs.
Release Notes: Editable records request titles, entity extraction, improvements to the Python wrapper for the DocumentCloud API and more.
The MuckRock and DocumentCloud teams have made several platform upgrades and improvements, feature integrations and open source contributions over the last two months including editable titles of MuckRock requests, new Add-Ons for entity extraction, improving access to our DocumentCloud API and open sourcing our data and analysis techniques for our editorial collaborations.