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collaborative transcription initiative, which is digitising and making available digital images of Bentham’s unpublished manuscripts through a platform known as the ‘Transcription Desk‘.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, 21 to 26 May 2016

By Klaudia Lleshi, on 26 May 2016

Hello!

Here are the statistics for this week. Thank you again to our hard-working transcribers for all their efforts.

15,984 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 35 on last week’s total.  Of these transcripts, 15,114 (94%) have been checked and approved by TB staff.

The more detailed progress chart is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 388 795 48%
Box 2 557 753 73%
Box 4 10 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 4 169 2%
Box 8 6 284 2%
Box 9 46 266 17%
Box 10 1 459 1%
Box 11 9 480 1%
Box 15 86 814 10%
Box 18 4 193 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 4 193 2%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 34 40 399 10%
Box 35 287 439 65%
Box 36 37 419 8%
Box 37 36 487 7%
Box 38 167 427 39%
Box 39 12 284 4%
Box 41 87 572 15%
Box 42 92 910 10%
Box 44 53 202 26%
Box 50 176 198 88%
Box 51 386 940 41%
Box 57 19 420 4%
Box 62 78 565 13%
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 87 0 604 0%
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 145 296 48%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 209 442 47%
Box 106 235 581 40%
Box 107 503 538 93%
Box 110 15 671 2%
Box 115 277 307 90%
Box 116 784 865 90%
Box 117 434 853 50%
Box 118 258 880 29%
Box 119 538 990 54%
Box 120 186 686 27%
Box 121 146 526 27%
Box 122 306 728 42%
Box 123 45 443 10%
Box 124 16 383 4%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 87 381 22%
Box 149 46 581 7%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 195 728 26%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 819 858 95%
Add MS 35539 882 948 93%
Add MS 35540 948 1012 93%
Add MS 35541 974 1258 77%
Add MS 35547 31 701 4%
Add MS 35549 6 366 1%
Add MS 35550 9 637 1%
Overall 15,984 35,002 45%

Progress Update, 14 to 20 May 2016

By Louise Seaward, on 20 May 2016

Hello!

Here are the statistics for this week. Thank you to all of our hard-working transcribers for all their efforts.

15,949 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 49 on last week’s total.  Of these transcripts, 15,113 (94%) have been checked and approved by TB staff.

The more detailed progress chart is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 386 795 48%
Box 2 546 753 72%
Box 4 10 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 4 169 2%
Box 8 6 284 2%
Box 9 46 266 17%
Box 10 1 459 1%
Box 11 9 480 1%
Box 15 86 814 10%
Box 18 4 193 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 4 193 2%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 34 40 399 10%
Box 35 287 439 65%
Box 36 37 419 8%
Box 37 36 487 7%
Box 38 167 427 39%
Box 39 12 284 4%
Box 41 87 572 15%
Box 42 92 910 10%
Box 44 53 202 26%
Box 50 176 198 88%
Box 51 386 940 41%
Box 57 19 420 4%
Box 62 78 565 13%
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 87 0 604 0%
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 145 296 48%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 208 442 47%
Box 106 235 581 40%
Box 107 503 538 93%
Box 110 14 671 2%
Box 115 277 307 90%
Box 116 784 865 90%
Box 117 428 853 50%
Box 118 258 880 29%
Box 119 538 990 54%
Box 120 178 686 25%
Box 121 146 526 27%
Box 122 306 728 42%
Box 123 45 443 10%
Box 124 16 383 4%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 87 381 22%
Box 149 46 581 7%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 195 728 26%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 819 858 95%
Add MS 35539 882 948 93%
Add MS 35540 948 1012 93%
Add MS 35541 970 1258 77%
Add MS 35547 31 701 4%
Add MS 35549 4 366 1%
Add MS 35550 9 637 1%
Overall 15,949 35,002 45%

Progress Update, 7 to 13 May 2016

By Louise Seaward, on 13 May 2016

Hello!

Here are the statistics for this week. We would like to thank all of our volunteers who worked on the manuscripts over the past few days.

15,900 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 23 on last week’s total.  Of these transcripts, 15,087 (94%) have been checked and approved by TB staff.

The more detailed progress chart is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 384 795 48%
Box 2 538 753 71%
Box 4 10 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 4 169 2%
Box 8 6 284 2%
Box 9 46 266 17%
Box 10 1 459 1%
Box 11 9 480 1%
Box 15 86 814 10%
Box 18 4 193 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 4 193 2%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 34 40 399 10%
Box 35 287 439 65%
Box 36 37 419 8%
Box 37 36 487 7%
Box 38 167 427 39%
Box 39 12 284 4%
Box 41 87 572 15%
Box 42 92 910 10%
Box 44 53 202 26%
Box 50 176 198 88%
Box 51 386 940 41%
Box 57 19 420 4%
Box 62 78 565 13%
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 87 0 604 0%
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 145 296 48%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 208 442 47%
Box 106 234 581 40%
Box 107 503 538 93%
Box 110 9 671 1%
Box 115 277 307 90%
Box 116 784 865 90%
Box 117 427 853 50%
Box 118 257 880 29%
Box 119 538 990 54%
Box 120 175 686 25%
Box 121 146 526 27%
Box 122 306 728 42%
Box 123 45 443 10%
Box 124 16 383 4%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 86 381 22%
Box 149 46 581 7%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 195 728 26%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 819 858 95%
Add MS 35539 882 948 93%
Add MS 35540 948 1012 93%
Add MS 35541 950 1258 75%
Add MS 35547 31 701 4%
Add MS 35549 3 366 1%
Add MS 35550  3 637 1%
Overall 15,900 35,002 45%

Progress Update, 30 April to 6 May 2016

By Louise Seaward, on 6 May 2016

It’s Friday and the sun is shining – the only thing missing is a stats update from Transcribe Bentham!  Before getting into the figures, we want to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteer transcribers for their hard work over the past week.

15,877 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 28 on last week’s total.  Of these transcripts, 15,078 (94%) have been checked and approved by TB staff.

The more detailed progress chart is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 384 795 48%
Box 2 531 753 70%
Box 4 10 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 4 169 2%
Box 8 6 284 2%
Box 9 46 266 17%
Box 10 1 459 1%
Box 11 9 480 1%
Box 15 86 814 10%
Box 18 4 193 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 4 193 2%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 34 40 399 10%
Box 35 287 439 65%
Box 36 36 419 8%
Box 37 36 487 7%
Box 38 167 427 39%
Box 39 12 284 4%
Box 41 87 572 15%
Box 42 92 910 10%
Box 44 53 202 26%
Box 50 175 198 88%
Box 51 386 940 41%
Box 57 19 420 4%
Box 62 78 565 13%
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 87 0 604 0%
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 141 296 47%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 205 442 46%
Box 106 233 581 40%
Box 107 503 538 93%
Box 110 9 671 1%
Box 115 277 307 90%
Box 116 784 865 90%
Box 117 427 853 50%
Box 118 257 880 29%
Box 119 538 990 54%
Box 120 173 686 25%
Box 121 146 526 27%
Box 122 306 728 42%
Box 123 45 443 10%
Box 124 16 383 4%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 86 381 22%
Box 149 46 581 7%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 195 728 26%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 819 858 95%
Add MS 35539 882 948 93%
Add MS 35540 948 1012 93%
Add MS 35541 947 1258 75%
Add MS 35547 31 701 4%
Add MS 35549 3 366 1%
Add MS 35550  2 637 1%
Overall 15,877 35,002 45%

Progress update, 23 to 29 April 2016

By Louise Seaward, on 29 April 2016

It’s that time again.  Hot off the press, another stats update from Transcribe Bentham.  Our volunteers are continuing with their transcripts and we owe them a huge thanks for all their help.

15,849 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 29 on last week’s total.  Of these transcripts, 15,030 (94%) have been checked and approved by TB staff.

The more detailed progress chart is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 384 795 48%
Box 2 522 753 69%
Box 4 10 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 4 169 2%
Box 8 6 284 2%
Box 9 46 266 17%
Box 10 1 459 1%
Box 11 9 480 1%
Box 15 86 814 10%
Box 18 4 193 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 4 193 2%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 34 40 399 10%
Box 35 287 439 65%
Box 36 36 419 8%
Box 37 36 487 7%
Box 38 167 427 39%
Box 39 12 284 4%
Box 41 87 572 15%
Box 42 92 910 10%
Box 44 53 202 26%
Box 50 175 198 88%
Box 51 386 940 41%
Box 57 19 420 4%
Box 62 78 565 13%
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 87 0 604 0%
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 141 296 47%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 204 442 46%
Box 106 233 581 40%
Box 107 503 538 93%
Box 110 9 671 1%
Box 115 277 307 90%
Box 116 784 865 90%
Box 117 427 853 50%
Box 118 257 880 29%
Box 119 538 990 54%
Box 120 170 686 24%
Box 121 146 526 27%
Box 122 306 728 42%
Box 123 45 443 10%
Box 124 16 383 4%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 86 381 22%
Box 149 46 581 7%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 195 728 26%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 819 858 95%
Add MS 35539 882 948 93%
Add MS 35540 948 1012 93%
Add MS 35541 932 1258 74%
Add MS 35547 31 701 4%
Add MS 35549 3 366 1%
Add MS 35550  2 637 1%
Overall 15,849 35,002 45%