What is FromThePage?
FromThePage is free software that allows volunteers to collaborate to transcribe handwritten documents on-line. It's easy to index and annotate subjects within a text using a simple, wiki-like mark-up. Users can discuss difficult writing or obscure words within a page to refine their transcription. Because FromThePage runs in your browser, you can read and transcribe materials from anywhere -- including tablets and smart phones. The resulting text is hosted on the web, making documents easy to read and search.
Features of FromThePage include:
- Wiki-style editing: Users add or edit transcriptions using simple, wiki-style syntax on one side of the screen while viewing a scanned image of the manuscript page on the other side.
- Version Control: Changes to each page transcription are recorded and may be viewed to follow the edit history of a page.
- Wikilinks: Subjects mentioned within the document may are indexed via simple wikilinks within the transcription. Users can annotate subjects with full subject articles.
- Presentation: Readers can view transcriptions in a multi-page format or alongside page images. They can also read all the pages that mention a subject.
- Automatic Markup: FromThePage can suggest wikilinks to editors by mining previously edited transcriptions. This helps insure editorial consistency and vastly reduces the amount of effort involved in markup.
- Integrations: FromThePage integrates easily with systems where your documents are already loaded, including the Internet Archive and Omeka.
- Translation: FromThePage supports foreign language material which can be transcribed in full UTF-8. A translator's workflow allows creation of parallel texts.
- OCR Correction: Not just for handwritten materials, FromThePage can import OCR alongside the original image for users to correct and edit.
How do I get started?
Need help? We offer the following services to help you run your FromThePage project. You can also email Ben (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your options.