“Simply the finest crowdsourcing manuscript transcription software on the planet”

That's a quote by Max Spiegel, who runs Zeprapedia, Philip K. Dick's Exegesis, at Penn State. He's one of many people running collaborative transcription projects on FromThePage.

You've scanned your collection for years, but no one can find the text locked in your images. Use FromThePage to free your images and engage collaborators everywhere.

“At it's best, crowd-sourcing is not about getting someone to do work for you, it is about offering your users the opportunity to participate in public memory.”

Trevor OwensSenior Program Officer, National Digital Platform,
Institute of Museum and Library Services
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  1. Accessible Anywhere

    Because FromThePage runs in your browser, you can read and transcribe materials from anywhere — including tablets and smart phones. This open access extends your reach worldwide — from the senior citizen a mile away or to a kid in Africa on a phone. (Don't worry — we have privacy settings for classrooms and smaller workgroups, too.)

  2. It's Fast and Easy

    You can start projects by uploading PDFs, taking pictures from your camera phone, or importing directly from several digital library systems. Transcribers can start work as soon as material is available and researchers will see their work as soon as each page is saved. You can export at any time, in a variety of formats.

  3. Deep Engagement

    Since transcription is highly immersive, transcribers engage deeply with your texts — getting to know the time, the people, the places, and the handwriting. Subject linking and articles let readers and transcribers explore the text. In notes on each page, transcribers can ask each other questions about unclear handwriting, identifications of people and places mentioned or discuss events mentioned in the text.

  1. I can't praise highly enough how easy FromThePage makes transcription on the run. I am getting so much OCR correction done in public hotspots in 10-minute stints while running errands.

    AnonymousAssistant Professor of English
  2. Fantastic that FromThePage runs online. I can evade my tyrannical campus admin manacles.

  3. Not only did we end up with an excellent transcription, but a very knowledgeable volunteer added valuable detailed historical notes about people and places mentioned in the diary.

    Kathryn StollardHead of Special Collections at Southwestern University


  • Collaborative transcription, translation, OCR correction and subject indexing
  • Multiple export formats (TEI, CSV, HTML, IIIF/Open Annotation)
  • 1 project
  • Unlimited documents
  • Up to 10,000 pages
  • E-mail support

Small Organization

  • Collaborative transcription, translation, OCR correction and subject indexing
  • Multiple export formats (TEI, CSV, HTML, IIIF/Open Annotation)
  • Unlimited projects
  • Unlimited documents
  • Up to 50,000 pages
  • E-mail and instant message support
  • Phone consultation on new projects

Large Institution

  • Collaborative transcription, translation, OCR correction and subject indexing
  • Multiple export formats (open annotation, TEI, CSV, html, IIIF)
  • Custom import and export formats
  • Custom integration
  • Custom feature development
  • Strategic consulting
$80per month,
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billed annually
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Price upon request
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Who Uses FromThePage?

FromThePage Features

  1. 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.

  2. Version Control

    Changes to each page transcription are recorded and may be viewed to follow the edit history of a page.

  3. Wikilinks

    Subjects mentioned within the document may are indexed via simple wikilinks within the transcription. Users can annotate subjects with full subject articles.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Integrations

    FromThePage integrates easily with systems where your documents are already loaded, including the Internet Archive and Omeka.

  7. Translation

    FromThePage supports foreign language material which can be transcribed in full UTF-8. A translator's workflow allows creation of parallel texts.

  8. OCR Correction

    Not just for handwritten materials, FromThePage can import OCR alongside the original image for users to correct and edit.

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