Transcribe Bentham progress update, 25 June to 1 July 2011

By Tim Causer, on 1 July 2011

Welcome to the progress update for the period 25 June to 1 July 2011, which has proven to be quite busy.

As was noted on the project’s Facebook page earlier in the week, Transcribe Bentham has reached another significant landmark – more than 1,500 manuscripts have been transcribed by volunteers since we launched last September, which we estimate equates to at least 350,000 words. Thanks to Diane Folan for pushing us over the line on Tuesday.

The site has also seen a great deal of traffic late this week, which we suspect must be connected to Peter Singer’s tweeting about the project to his 13,000+ followers. We are very grateful to Prof. Singer for spreading the word.

The Benthamometer now shows that 1,524 manuscripts have been transcribed, 1,283 (84%) of which are complete and locked. This week, Box 71 and Bentham’s thoughts on counterfeit coinage proved to be the most popular.

The state of progress for each Box of material is as follows:

  • Box 2: 169 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (32%)
  • Box 27: 202 of 350 (58%)
  • Box 35: 140 of 439 (32%)
  • Box 50: 28 of 92 (30%)
  • Box 70: 153 of 250 (44%)
  • Box 71: 84 of 665 (12%)
  • Box 72: 85 of 664 (13%)
  • Box 73: 111 of 156 (71%)
  • Box 79: 18 of 199 (9%)
  • Box 95: 43 of 147 (29%)
  • Box 96: 254 of 539 (47%)
  • Box 115: 210 of 307 (68%)
  • Box 139: 27 of 584 (5%)
  • Overall: 1,524 of the 4,322 (35%) manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

Thanks again to all who have taken part during the last week, and given their time and effort to Transcribe Bentham. As ever, we are hugely grateful.