Archive for September, 2010

Progress Update!

By Valerie H Wallace, on 22 September 2010

The Transcription Desk has been live for two weeks and so far the response has been overwhelmingly positive! People across the world have been discussing Transcribe Bentham in blog posts, press articles, tweets, facebook updates and in reading groups. We now have a page on this site dedicated to publicity for the information of users and interested parties.

The Transcription Desk has had nearly 2000 hits from visitors in 47 different countries across Europe, the Americas, Australasia, Asia and Africa. We have 156 registered users who have started transcribing nearly 150 manuscripts. Our most popular manuscripts are those in the early/ easy and Moral Philosophy categories; specifically those from Box 27, which includes documents on jurisprudence, happiness, punishment and reward.  Users have also transcribed manuscripts on the principle of utility, English Common Law, political economy and the Catholic Church. See which manuscripts you fancy transcribing and check out our Benthamometer for a more detailed breakdown of our progress so far.

Our top transcriber is currently Maureencallahan who has already racked up 2700 points for her contributions! Snefnug and Auto-icon are in joint second place with 2600 points. See if you can overtake them by registering now!

Transcribe Bentham has launched!

By Valerie H Wallace, on 7 September 2010

The Transcribe Bentham crowdsourcing initiative officially launched today. Our Transcription Desk is now open to the public and we encourage everyone to have a go at transcribing Jeremy Bentham’s papers! We welcome all contributions and all thoughts on anything relating to Bentham and the project in general. You are warmly encouraged to explore the site, create a profile and post comments on our discussion board. Tell us about your favourite Bentham quote or invented word! Gain points for your contributions to move up our progress ladder and become a transcribing prodigy! Track the progress of transcription by viewing the Benthamometer.

This is the first major crowdsourcing transcription project, from which we will learn much about the nature of community engagement and social media. We will share these results with you in the near future. In the meantime we hope you enjoy the site!

Have fun!