Welcome to Transcribe Bentham

By Tim Causer, on 27 March 2013

Jeremy Bentham

Jeremy Bentham

‘Many hands make light work. Many hands together make merry work‘, wrote the philosopher and reformer, Jeremy Bentham (1748 – 1832) in 1793. In this spirit, we cordially welcome you to Transcribe Bentham, a double award-winning collaborative transcription initiative, which is digitising and making available digital images of Bentham’s unpublished manuscripts through a platform known as the ‘Transcription Desk‘. There, you can access the material and—just as importantly—transcribe the material, to help the work of UCL’s Bentham Project, and further improve access to, and searchability of, this enormously important collection of historical and philosophical material.

This is an exciting opportunity to make a genuine difference to research and scholarship by contributing to the production of the new edition of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, and to help create for posterity a vast digital repository of Bentham’s writings. We warmly invite you to take part in this endeavour: no special skills are required, you do not require approval to participate, and every contribution—no matter how small—is of great value to Transcribe Bentham.

Please consult the Transcribe Bentham FAQ for more details on taking part.

You can also read more about Jeremy Bentham, his thought and his importance, and consult resources on deciphering historical handwriting.

Find out more about the consortium behind Transcribe Bentham, and talks and publications by the project team.

Progress update, 22 to 28 August 2015

By Tim Causer, on 28 August 2015

Welcome along to the progress update for the period 22 to 28 August 2015, during which time further excellent progress has been made by Transcribe Bentham volunteers.

13,652 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 48 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 12,865 (94%) have now been checked and approved by TB staff. It’s Transcribe Bentham‘s fifth birthday in a couple of weeks, and it’s genuinely amazing to see how far the project has come thanks to the work of volunteer transcribers.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 255 794 32%
Box 2 476 753 63%
Box 4 2 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 3 167 1%
Box 8 6 284 2%
Box 9 41 266 15%
Box 15 79 914 10%
Box 18 4 192 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 2 193 1%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 34 40 398 10%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 35 418 8%
Box 37 32 487 6%
Box 38 144 424 35%
Box 39 12 282 4%
Box 41 87 528 14%
Box 42 89 910 9%
Box 44 53 201 26%
Box 50 171 198 85%
Box 51 385 940 40%
Box 57 18 420 4%
Box 62 72 565 12%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 306 350 87%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 614 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 139 296 46%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 194 422 43%
Box 106 151 581 25%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 507 864 58%
Box 117 365 853 42%
Box 118 255 880 28%
Box 119 535 990 54%
Box 120 29 686 4%
Box 121 134 526 24%
Box 122 304 717 41%
Box 123 42 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 4 381 1%
Box 149 5 581 1%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 195 728 26%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 776 858 90%
Add MS 35539 834 948 87%
Add MS 35540 309 1012 26%
Add MS 35541 451 1258 35%
Add MS 35547 26 701 3%
Add MS 35549 0 366 0%
Overall 13,642 32,627 41%

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. It remains as greatly appreciated as ever by us all.

Progress update: 15 to 21 August 2015

By Tim Causer, on 21 August 2015

Welcome to the Transcribe Bentham progress update for the period 15 to 21 August 2015, during which time further steady progress has been made by volunteer transcribers.

13,594 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 21 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 12,771 (93%) have been checked and approved by staff. Normal checking service will be resumed again next week when I return from leave – many apologies again for any inconvenience this week when transcripts have gone unchecked.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 255 794 32%
Box 2 476 753 63%
Box 4 2 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 3 167 1%
Box 8 6 284 2%
Box 9 41 266 15%
Box 15 79 914 10%
Box 18 4 192 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 2 193 1%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 34 40 398 10%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 35 418 8%
Box 37 32 487 6%
Box 38 137 424 33%
Box 39 12 282 4%
Box 41 87 528 14%
Box 42 89 910 9%
Box 44 53 201 26%
Box 50 171 198 85%
Box 51 385 940 40%
Box 57 18 420 4%
Box 62 72 565 12%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 306 350 87%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 614 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 139 296 46%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 194 422 43%
Box 106 148 581 25%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 507 864 58%
Box 117 365 853 42%
Box 118 255 880 28%
Box 119 535 990 54%
Box 120 29 686 4%
Box 121 134 526 24%
Box 122 304 717 41%
Box 123 42 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 4 381 1%
Box 149 5 581 1%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 195 728 26%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 776 858 90%
Add MS 35539 834 948 87%
Add MS 35540 269 1012 26%
Add MS 35541 451 1258 35%
Add MS 35547 18 701 2%
Add MS 35549 0 366 0%
Overall 13,594 32,627 41%

As always, thank you to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. It remains as greatly appreciated as ever by us all.

 

Progress update, 8 to 14 August 2015

By Tim Causer, on 14 August 2015

Welcome along to the Transcribe Bentham progress update for the period 8 to 14 August 2015, during which time further excellent progress has been made by volunteer transcribers.

13,573 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 41 on last week’s total. Of these transcripts, 12,771 (94%) have been checked and approved by TB staff.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 255 794 32%
Box 2 476 753 63%
Box 4 2 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 3 167 1%
Box 8 6 284 2%
Box 9 41 266 15%
Box 15 79 914 10%
Box 18 4 192 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 2 193 1%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 34 40 398 10%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 35 418 8%
Box 37 32 487 6%
Box 38 133 424 32%
Box 39 12 282 4%
Box 41 87 528 14%
Box 42 89 910 9%
Box 44 53 201 26%
Box 50 171 198 85%
Box 51 385 940 40%
Box 57 18 420 4%
Box 62 72 565 12%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 306 350 87%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 614 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 139 296 46%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 194 422 43%
Box 106 146 581 25%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 507 864 58%
Box 117 365 853 42%
Box 118 255 880 28%
Box 119 535 990 54%
Box 120 29 686 4%
Box 121 134 526 24%
Box 122 304 717 41%
Box 123 42 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 4 381 1%
Box 149 5 581 1%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 193 728 26%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 775 858 90%
Add MS 35539 834 948 87%
Add MS 35540 263 1012 25%
Add MS 35541 451 1258 35%
Add MS 35547 12 701 1%
Add MS 35549 0 366 0%
Overall 13,573 32,627 41%

As we mentioned, the Bentham Cookbook – based on manuscripts transcribed by TB volunteers – is coming soon: all being well, it will be available to order online on 3 September. More when we have it! In the meantime, do follow on Twitter the UCL Publishing MA students who have made this project a reality. They’ve done a tremendous job, and we’re sure that you’re going to enjoy it.

I’m on leave next week, so please do accept my apologies in advance for the slower checking of transcripts during the next seven days. Normal service will soon be resumed!

Thank you again, as always, to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. Your work remains as greatly appreciated as ever by us all here at Bentham HQ.

Progress update, 1 to 7 August 2015

By Tim Causer, on 7 August 2015

Welcome to the progress update for the period 1 to 7 August 2015, during which time Transcribe Bentham volunteers have made further terrific progress with transcription.

13,532 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 80 on last week’s total. Of these transcripts, 12,708 have now been checked and approved by TB staff.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 255 794 32%
Box 2 476 753 63%
Box 4 2 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 3 167 1%
Box 8 6 284 2%
Box 9 41 266 15%
Box 15 79 914 10%
Box 18 4 192 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 2 193 1%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 34 40 398 10%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 34 418 8%
Box 37 32 487 6%
Box 38 127 424 31%
Box 39 12 282 4%
Box 41 87 528 14%
Box 42 89 910 9%
Box 44 53 201 26%
Box 50 171 198 85%
Box 51 385 940 40%
Box 57 18 420 4%
Box 62 72 565 12%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 306 350 87%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 614 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 139 296 46%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 194 422 43%
Box 106 141 581 24%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 507 864 58%
Box 117 365 853 42%
Box 118 255 880 28%
Box 119 535 990 54%
Box 120 29 686 4%
Box 121 134 526 24%
Box 122 304 717 41%
Box 123 42 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 4 381 1%
Box 149 5 581 1%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 193 728 26%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 775 858 90%
Add MS 35539 834 948 87%
Add MS 35540 249 1012 24%
Add MS 35541 444 1258 35%
Add MS 35547 4 701 1%
Add MS 35549 0 366 0%
Overall 13,532 32,627 41%

In other news, the Bentham Cookbook – based on manuscripts transcribed by TB volunteers – is nearing completion! Please do follow the wonderful folk producing the book on Twitter for the latest news.

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. Your contributions to the project’s success remain as greatly appreciated as ever.

Progress update, 25 to 31 July 2015

By Tim Causer, on 31 July 2015

Welcome along to the progress update for the period 25 to 31 July 2015, during which time further excellent progress has been made by Transcribe Bentham volunteers. As the project’s fifth birthday approaches in September, we are well on the way to having our 14,000th transcript worked on!

13,452 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 60 on last week’s total. Of these transcripts, 12,639 (94%) have now been checked and approved by TB staff. (We’ve been continuing to work through the body of partially-transcribed manuscripts, and others we may have missed in the past, which accounts for the increased approval rate).

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 255 794 32%
Box 2 475 753 63%
Box 4 2 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 3 167 1%
Box 8 6 284 2%
Box 9 41 266 15%
Box 15 79 914 10%
Box 18 4 192 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 2 193 1%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 34 40 398 10%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 34 418 8%
Box 37 32 487 6%
Box 38 126 424 31%
Box 39 12 282 4%
Box 41 87 528 14%
Box 42 89 910 9%
Box 44 53 201 26%
Box 50 171 198 85%
Box 51 385 940 40%
Box 57 18 420 4%
Box 62 72 565 12%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 306 350 87%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 614 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 139 296 46%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 194 422 43%
Box 106 132 581 22%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 507 864 58%
Box 117 365 853 42%
Box 118 255 880 28%
Box 119 535 990 54%
Box 120 29 686 4%
Box 121 134 526 24%
Box 122 304 717 41%
Box 123 42 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 4 381 1%
Box 149 5 581 1%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 193 728 26%
Add MS 537 730 744 98%
Add MS 538 774 858 90%
Add MS 539 834 948 87%
Add MS 540 208 1012 20%
Add MS 541 416 1258 32%
Add MS 547 0 701 0%
Overall 13,452 32,261 41%

Eagle-eyed transcribers will have noticed that this week we uploaded a new batch of material to the Transcription Desk. You can now transcribe more manuscripts from the British Library’s Bentham Papers, namely Additional Manuscripts volume 33547. This material mainly contains Bentham’s thoughts on prize law, that is the mechanics of paying bounties to seamen for capturing foreign ships during times of war. Yet more material will be uploaded for transcription in the coming weeks – there’s certainly no shortage!

We are also delighted to say, that thanks to a UCL Grand Challenges Small Grant, a team led by DARE Collaborative, the UCL Institute for Education, DuckDuckZeus Games, UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, and the Bentham Project will be developing Panopticon Pandemonium, in which you will be able to try and run your own panopticon prison. Watch this space, as they say…

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. It remains as greatly appreciated as ever by all of us here at Bentham HQ.