VTDigger uses Document Cloud for original source material

Filing cabinet. Some rights reserved by mightymightymatze via Flickr

Filing cabinet. Some rights reserved by mightymightymatze via Flickr

VTDigger has long embedded links to the original source materials we use as the basis for our news reports.

Until now, we haven’t had a way to offer these documents in a user friendly, more readily accessible format.

Thanks to a third-party hosting service called Document Cloud, developed by the Knight Foundation and Investigative Reporters and Editors, we have created an archive of primary source data and documents.

We have archived more than 400 documents so far, ranging from budget spreadsheets to Freeman French Freeman’s report on plans for the state office complex to data regarding mentally ill inmates in Vermont’s prison system.

If you spend time perusing our library, you’ll find lawsuits, memos, requests for proposals, spreadsheets and reports we’ve collected over the last two and a half years.

You can also search archives created by other news organizations, including the New York Times, Al-Jazeera, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal and dozens more.

In this post, we have published a “project” of documents from the CVPS-Green Mountain Power merger, including the response from Gaz Metro to the Public Service Board’s questions, the CVPS proxy statement and transcripts of PSB hearing testimony from utility executives, state officials and expert witnesses.

Document Cloud enables us to highlight passages and make notes in texts so that you can easily find the key information we’ve used in stories.

Hope you check out this new service.

Anne Galloway

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