How much does it cost to host a project on FromThePage.com?
Free with the current feature set up to 100 images. We'll price bigger projects for you on an individual basis until we know more about how much it costs us keep the servers running and recapture some of our costs.
Can I have a private project and control who can see my material?
Not now, but soon. We're discussing this feature right now, so you may want to chime in. If you sign up for an account, we'll send you an email when this feature is available.
Who are you?
FromThePage was created by Ben Brumfield, a software engineer with a family history hobby. You can learn more about the project on the blog. A great place to start might be "My Goals for FromThePage" or "What I'm Building". You can also follow @benwbrum on Twitter.
The "we" is not royal, however -- FromThePage has been developed in a very public way and had a lot of help from family members transcribing the first documents, members of the digital humanities world spreading the word and helping Ben flesh out ideas, and early deployers of the software like the Balboa Park Online Collaborative.
What kind of images do you support?
JPEG and PNG. FromThePage can also integrate with the Internet Archive to transcribe images hosted there.
How do I turn my manuscript into digital images?
For many of the Julia Brumfield diaries, Ben built a frame out of scrap lumber and attached his Canon Powershot camera to it. The better images were made by Mark Trenchard with a flatbed scanner, which affords better image quality and fewer fingers in the page images.
How can I help?
We're always looking for collaborators. So far, each transcription project has generated amazing ideas for new features as well as important bug reports. Right now we're especially looking for people with skills in UI design and information architecture who are interested in contributing to an open-source project. We'd also love to find a historian who would be willing to collaborate with us on a project transcribing and analyzing diaries of a tobacco farmer in Piedmont Virginia from 1820s-1880s.