There a few principles which I am unlikely to compromise -- these comprise the constraints around any funding or pricing decisions.
- Free and open access to manuscript transcriptions.
The entire point of the project is to make historical documents more accessible. Neither I nor anyone else running the software should charge people to view the transcriptions.
- Encourage altruistic uses.
If a project like Soldier Studies wanted to host a copy of FromThePage, I can't imagine making them pay for a license. Charging for support, enhancements, or hosting might be a different matter, since those affect my own pocketbook.
The same would apply to institutional users.
- No profit off my work without my consent.
This may be an entirely self-serving principle, but it's better to go ahead and articulate it, since it will inform my decision-making process whether I like it or not. One of the things I worry about is that I'll release the FromThePage software as open-source, then find that someone — a big genealogy company or a clever 15-year-old — is selling it, competing with whatever hosting service I might run.