Archive for February, 2011

Transcribe Bentham talk at the National Archives

By Valerie H Wallace, on 28 February 2011

Dr. Valerie Wallace and Dr. Tim Causer will be giving a talk entitled ‘Crowdsourced Manuscript Transcription: Some Findings from the Transcribe Bentham Project’ on Wednesday 2nd March at the UK Archives Discovery Forum, which will be held at the National Archives at Kew.

Seminar on Transcribe Bentham

By Valerie H Wallace, on 8 February 2011

Prof. Philip Schofield and Dr Valerie Wallace will be speaking on ‘Transcribe Bentham: Taking the Bentham Edition into the Digital Age’ on Thursday February 10th at 5.30pm in Room G32, Senate House, University of London. The seminar is part of the London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship series.

All are welcome!

New manuscripts uploaded to the Transcription Desk

By Tim Causer, on 7 February 2011

Four boxes worth of material – comprising of around 1,200 manuscript images – have been uploaded to the Transcription Desk and are now available for transcription.

They contain material written between 1776 and 1826, and cover a number of subjects including the codification of laws, jury trials, legal procedure, and the Panopticon. Bentham refers to works by William Paley and William Blackstone, comments on Publicans’ Laws, and shows us the progress of his thought regarding the Panopticon prison and his frustrations as it becomes clear that it will never be built.

We hope users will enjoy delving into these works, and look forward to hearing how you get on in the discussion forum.

Happy transcribing!

Transcribe Bentham on the radio!

By Tim Causer, on 1 February 2011

We were recently interviewed about Transcribe Bentham by a reporter from Deutsche Welle World – the German equivalent of the BBC World Service – for their science and technology programme, Spectrum. The programme is in English, and a segment will discuss the project.

We’re pleased to say that this half-hour programme was first broadcast on 1 February 2011, and is now available to listen to at your leisure. So if you would like to put a voice to Transcribe Bentham team members Professor Philip Schofield, Dr Valerie Wallace, and Dr Tim Causer – as well as a number of TB contributors – you can either listen to the whole programme, or just the Transcribe Bentham segment. In both instances, we would recommend downloading the audio as an MP3 rather than streaming it, as the sound quality is noticeably better with the former.

(Thanks to Robin Powell for taking the time to interview us).