Online Service DocumentCloud Moves to Temple

The company aims to “turn documents into data.” (Courtesy of Latoya Peterson/

DocumentCloud, a digital service that allows journalists to share and annotate documents, is coming to Temple.

The site received a $250,000 grant from the Knight Foundation, allowing it to work on a business model while being located at the Klein College of Media and Communication. The company plans to hire students to work with DocumentCloud and there are additional plans to bring the cloud-based platform into curriculum.

Founders of the company include Aron Pilhofer, Eric Umansky, and Scott Klein. Pilhofer, who previously worked at the New York Times, currently holds the James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation at Temple.

DocumentCloud, founded in 2009, describes itself as “a catalog of primary source documents and a tool for annotating, organizing, and publishing them on the web.” It plans to help “reporters get more out of documents and [help] newsrooms make their online presence more engaging.”

Since 2011, DocumentCloud has been a project of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a nonprofit focused on excellence in investigative journalism.

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