Documents Compass was formed in 2007 by documentary editors Sue Perdue and Holly Shulman who recognized the need to provide tools for bringing their works to the Internet in a rapidly changing environment. They established this service provider as a resource for scholars and editors who wanted to create digital editions of historical and literary documents. Documents Compass provided consultation services in areas such as project management, workflow, transcription standards, metadata and tagging. Documents Compass was a digital program of The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities from 2008 to 2016. During this eight-year period, Documents Compass worked with numerous documentary editing projects in a consulting role as well as with grant-funded initiatives including Founders Online, People of the Founding Era, and the Patrick Henry Digital Library.