The has announced a two-year, $1.4 million grant to , a free, open-source tool used by newsrooms to analyze and publish documents.
Created with the support of a $719,500 Knight News Challenge Grant in 2009 and now a project of at the , DocumentCloud, which currently hosts more than a million documents, will use the grant to improve its offerings and develop a plan toward sustainability. Among other things, the funds will be used to make the archives more accessible and documents easier to share, and the tool will be redesigned to manage a larger number of users and future technology needs. In addition, a new advisory group comprised of media entrepreneurs will help guide DocumentCloud's growth.
"DocumentCloud has proven itself as an essential tool for in-depth, quality journalism — allowing reporters to comb through public documents in an efficient, collaborative, and exhaustive manner," said Michael Maness, vice president for journalism and media innovation at the Knight Foundation. "This next phase of its growth will help it become even more effective and ensure its future as standard in newsrooms everywhere."