Ben Brumfield is an independent software developer in Austin, Texas. In 2005, he began developing one of the first web-based manuscript transcription systems. Released as the open-source tool FromThePage,it has since been used by libraries, museums, and universities to transcribe literary drafts, military diaries, herpetology field notes, and punk rock fanzines. Ben has been covering crowdsourced transcription technologies on his blog since 2007.
In 2008, he attended the first THATCamp at George Mason University's CHNM. Inspired by the experience, he co-organized the first regional THATCamp, THATCamp Austin in 2009. Conversations at THATCamp AHA 2012 led him to leave his position in industry and become a Digital Humanities software engineer full-time.