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Release Notes: A look at DocumentCloud's new API

Release Notes: A look at DocumentCloud’s new API

Over the coming months, we’re migrating newsrooms to the new version of DocumentCloud (don’t worry — you’ll get a notification before anything changes!). Along with the updated version of the site, we’re also moving to a new API. Anything you can do through the web interface you’ll also be able to do through the API, so we’re excited to see what kinds of new integrations you build.

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MuckRock data shows requesters are highly interested in law enforcement records

MuckRock data shows requesters are highly interested in law enforcement records

From restrictive laws contributing to prolonged response times, and high fees stopping the release of records, the State of State Public Records Laws is on a bumpy ride. To get a better sense of what’s going on at the state and local level, we’ve been analyzing our MuckRock data and finding the trends in records requesting.

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MuckRock request data shows big difference in backlogs between states

MuckRock request data shows big difference in backlogs between states

In order to get a better sense of what’s truly going on with public records laws, we decided to take a look at data from over 2,600 agencies in MuckRock’s API. The numbers show the staggering differences in state and local average response times as well as the number of requests filed and completed in those states.

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Release Notes: Crowdsourcing FOIA inspiration with Muck.Rocks and the Assignment tool

Release Notes: Crowdsourcing FOIA inspiration with Muck.Rocks and the Assignment tool

We’ve officially unveiled Muck.Rocks, a new resource that provides daily FOIA inspiration. Part of the goal of the project was to explore new ways our Assignments crowdsourcing tool could be used to solicit, manage, and incorporate audience submissions, so we’re taking a look behind the scenes at how the site works.

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Release Notes: New API fields!

Release Notes: New API fields!

Last week, we asked you what API fields you’d like to see us add. This week, we deliver, with an updated, expanded, and improved RESTful API to access more data than ever on MuckRock agencies and jurisdictions.

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