DocumentCloud Hiring a Developer to Work on Its Open-Source Software Platform

    by Ted Han
    July 18, 2012

    We have a lot of projects going on at DocumentCloud, and to serve those goals, we’re looking for others to join us! For those who may be unfamiliar with our project, we’ve included the full details below.


    DocumentCloud is a web-based platform allowing journalists to upload, analyze, annotate, and publish primary source documents. We want give journalists the tools to show their audience their source material, not just tell them about it. In addition to the newsrooms worldwide that use DocumentCloud, our open-source software projects, such as Backbone.js, Underscore.js, Docsplit, and Jammit, are relied upon by companies such as LinkedIn, Walmart, Foursquare and more. DocumentCloud is run by Investigative Reporters & Editors.


    What DocumentCloud is building

    DocumentCloud is growing fast, and we’re looking to accelerate that pace by expanding our tools into other languages beyond English. In the next year, we’ll adapt our platform to accommodate multi-language OCR, search indexing, and entity extraction tools.

    DocumentCloud always looks for new ways to present documents and engage readers. We are extending DocumentCloud’s document viewer and annotation tools so that readers can make their own comments and notes on documents.

    What documentcloud is looking for

    DocumentCloud is looking for someone with a combination of the following skills:


    Experience with Ruby and JavaScript and with API-driven web applications, working on and fostering FOSS and user-centered products, and experience with the JVM toolchain and Linux administration on Platform as a Service providers such as AWS.

    Some things we like and hope you like too:

    Literate programming; extracting libraries from app code; polyglot programming; web standards; journalists; Natural Language Processing.

    Practical Details

    Investigative Reporters & Editors is based in Columbia, Mo., on the University of Missouri’s campus. DocumentCloud is comfortable operating with a distributed team.

    You can email us at [email protected].

    A version of this post first appeared on the DocumentCloud blog.

    Tagged: developer documentcloud hiring Investigative Reporters and Editors ire journalists open source platform

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