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FromThePage: A Web-Based Tool for Transcribing, Indexing, and Annotating Handwritten Material

Ben Brumfield, Software Engineer

Ben Brumfield is a software engineer in Austin, Texas with more than a dozen years of experience developing web-based, database-driven software. Since 2005 he has been building FromThePage, a web-based tool for transcribing, indexing, and annotating handwritten material. This tool has been used to transcribe over 1500 pages of family diaries and is now being used by the San Diego Natural History Museum to transcribe and analyze naturalists’ field notes from the early 20th century. In 2010, FromThePage was released under a Free/Open Source license. Brumfield blogs about manuscript transcription technology at

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