Getting a DocumentCloud account
Generally, DocumentCloud accounts are available to those who report on primary source documents. User accounts are organization-based, meaning that each user is connected to an overall organization account.
There are several ways to get started with a DocumentCloud account:
If you belong to a news organization, first check whether it's already a DocumentCloud contributor. If so, a person at your site with administrative privileges on DocumentCloud can create an account for you. If you don't know who that is, we can help you. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your organization is not yet a DocumentCloud contributor, you can request an organization account. We will need the following from your editor or editorial director: a note (email is fine) granting permission to add your newsroom to our public list of document contributors; confirmation that they understand you'll be contributing documents to a public catalog and approve your participation in DocumentCloud; and confirmation you have read and agree to our Terms of Service. Once we receive this from your editor, expect to be up and running within two weeks.
At its discretion, DocumentCloud provides accounts to those who do document-based investigative reporting but are not employees of a news organization. Examples include freelancers on a specific assignment or educational uses. Requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. In general, we do not provide accounts until the website that will host the documents is live or can be previewed. When applying, please show us some of your reporting and tell us about the kind of documents you work with. Also, please provide the name of the website on which you'll be publishing the documents and a contact there.
In addition, we are able to provide demo accounts to those who wish to evaluate the service but not publish documents. Contact us to learn more.
If you can't find the answer there, feel free to email us at email@example.com.
If you need help implementing our software components (e.g., Jammit, CloudCrowd, Underscore.js, Backbone.js, Docsplit, or Pixel Ping) please file an issue directly on Github.
Feature Requests and Bug Reports
We welcome DocumentCloud bug reports and feature requests at UserVoice.
For non-technical questions or general help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (202) 505-1010.