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DockIns: Machine Learning on Deadline for Journalists

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As journalists dealing with data and document sets, we find that the most interesting information is usually hidden in large, unstructured, and incomplete sets of documents. Especially information in public contracts: what the government is buying, how much money is being spent, and who are the suppliers. To answer these questions, four media organizations — La Nacion, CLIP, Ojo Público, and MuckRock — joined forces under the JournalismAI Collab and experimented with different machine learning tools and techniques in order to build a platform that helps investigative reporters understand and process unstructured documents to get useful insights.

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Developing your first DocumentCloud Add-On

Developing your first DocumentCloud Add-On

Learn how to use GitHub Actions and Python to help build tools to make DocumentCloud even more powerful.

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Release Notes: Keep an eye on your favorite agencies with DocumentCloud’s new automated scraping and alerts

Release Notes: Keep an eye on your favorite agencies with DocumentCloud’s new automated scraping and alerts

Introducing DocumentCloud’s latest Add-On: A simplified scraper that, with just a few clicks, monitors the website of your choosing, automatically downloads and indexes any newly uploaded documents and then alerts you if there is something of interest. Read on for more on how it works plus other recent platform updates.

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DocumentCloud Add-Ons: Automate data extraction, alerts, ingestion, and much more with our simple, open source plugin system

DocumentCloud Add-Ons: Automate data extraction, alerts, ingestion, and much more with our simple, open source plugin system

Today, we’re launching Add-Ons, which makes it easier to launch, maintain, and share new capabilities right within DocumentCloud, ranging from exporting notes to applying machine learning techniques.

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Release Notes: Better looking article images, more shareable request templates, and DocumentCloud improvements

Release Notes: Better looking article images, more shareable request templates, and DocumentCloud improvements

The tech team has been busy working on improvements to both our FOIA filing platform as well as DocumentCloud, our document analysis and hosting tool. For MuckRock, we gave a nice graphical bump to our article images — doubling the resolution — and fixed a bug that prevented sharing cloned request links with logged-out users. With DocumentCloud, the incorrectly labeled “rotate” button now does what it says on the tin. Plus: More localized versions coming soon!

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MuckRock and NYU researchers collaborate to help journalists tap AI to tackle growing document releases

MuckRock and NYU researchers collaborate to help journalists tap AI to tackle growing document releases

In collaboration with MuckRock, NYU Professor of Journalism and Emmy Award-Winning reporter Hilke Schellmann and NYU Senior Research Scientist and Tandon Faculty Member Mona Sloane have been awarded $200,000 grant from the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation to bring an innovative AI tool to under-resourced newsrooms to significantly scale up their investigative capacity and democratize access to FOIA records.

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