Archive for August, 2011

Ars Electronica update

By Tim Causer, on 31 August 2011

Excitement is building here, as tomorrow I head off to attend the Ars Electronica festival in Linz. There’s going to be plenty to see and do, including having a look at the quite terrifying Tesla Orchestra – who throw around lightning around for kicks – and listening to talks by some fiendishly clever physicists from CERN.

Of more immediate interest to TB volunteers are three events:

  • From 1 to 6 September, TB will be on display in the form of text and screenshots at the Brucknerhaus.
  • On 2 September, from 6.30 to 10.30pm (CET), I’ll be attending the prestigious Ars Electronica Gala, where all the prize-winners (including Transcribe Bentham!) will be recognised.
  • And on 4 September, from 10.30am to 6pm (CET), I’ll be at the Public Space Squared, which will explore the recent uprisings and revolutions in North Africa and the Middle-East. Between 2 and 2.50pm, I’ll be speaking about Transcribe Bentham, alongside our fellow Award of Distinction winners from X_MSG, and the category and Golden Nica winners from the FundaciĆ³n Ciudadano Inteligente. You can watch the proceedings of the conference live on DORF.tv.

I’ll be writing a blog each day about the festival and the events, and keeping you updated via the Facebook page and Twitter feed. The relevant hashtags for Twitter are – for general festival news – #ArsElectronica, and for the Public Space Squared symposium, #AEPSS.

Also, keep an eye on the Ars Electronica Facebook page, and their Flickr stream.

Huge thanks to all on the festival organising committee for making the necessary arrangements.

See you in Linz!

Progress update, 20-26 August 2011

By Tim Causer, on 28 August 2011

Welcome to the (slightly delayed) progress update for the period 20-26 August 2011.

1,173 manuscripts have now been transcribed, up 15 on last week. 1,447 of these (84%) are now complete and locked, and ready for uploading to the digital repository.

The state of play for each box of material is as follows:

  • Box 2: 178 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (33%)
  • Box 27: 212 of 350 (61%)
  • Box 35: 199 of 439 (45%)
  • Box 50: 32 of 92 (35%)
  • Box 51: 19 of 940 (2%)
  • Box 70: 157 of 250 (45%)
  • Box 71: 105 of 665 (16%)
  • Box 72: 100 of 664 (15%)
  • Box 73: 114 of 156 (73%)
  • Box 79: 38 of 199 (19%)
  • Box 95: 44 of 147 (30%)
  • Box 96: 257 of 539 (47%)
  • Box 115: 225 of 307 (73%)
  • Box 139: 33 of 584 (6%)
  • Overall: 1,713 of the 5,262 (33%) manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

This week, we travel to Linz for the Ars Electronica festival and all its associated events; we hope this will bring more volunteers to the site and generate great interest in Transcribe Bentham, and crowdsourcing projects like it more generally. Watch this space for further details!

Progress update, 13-19 August 2011

By Tim Causer, on 19 August 2011

Welcome to the Transcribe Bentham progress update for the period 13 to 19 August 2011.

1,698 manuscripts have now been transcribed – up 18 on last week. 1,424 of these (84%) are now locked and complete. We would also like to sa ‘hello’ to several new volunteers who have begun transcribing over the past couple of weeks; thanks for joining the project!

The state of play for each box of material is as follows:

  • Box 2: 178 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (33%)
  • Box 27: 210 of 350 (60%)
  • Box 35: 192 of 439 (44%)
  • Box 50: 32 of 92 (35%)
  • Box 51: 19 of 940 (2%)
  • Box 70: 156 of 250 (45%)
  • Box 71: 104 of 665 (16%)
  • Box 72: 99 of 664 (15%)
  • Box 73: 114 of 156 (73%)
  • Box 79: 38 of 199 (19%)
  • Box 95: 44 of 147 (30%)
  • Box 96: 257 of 539 (47%)
  • Box 115: 222 of 307 (72%)
  • Box 139: 33 of 584 (6%)
  • Overall: 1,698 of the 5,262 (32%) manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

The full programme for the Ars Electronica festival in Linz (31 August to 6 September 2011) is now available to download, with details of all the exciting events; Transcribe Bentham is mentioned on pages 12, 13, and 35. As mentioned previously, projectstaff will be attending the Prix Ars Electronica ceremony to collect the Award of Distinction, and speaking at the Digital Communities winner’s forum, which is part of the Public Space Squared conference on 4 September. Transcribe Bentham will also be going on display to the public, which is hugely exciting.

We intend to report from Linz via the blog, the Facebook page, and the Twitter account. Many of the events will be streamed live over the internet, and we will provide links nearer the time for those wishing to watch. Stay tuned!

Thanks, as ever, to all those who have contributed to Transcribe Bentham’s ongoing success!

Progress update, 6-12 August 2011

By Tim Causer, on 12 August 2011

Welcome to this week’s progress update, covering the period 6-12 August 2011.

1,681 manuscripts have now been transcribed, 1,413 (84%) of which are complete and locked.

The state of play for each box of material is as follows:

  • Box 2: 177 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (33%)
  • Box 27: 204 of 350 (58%)
  • Box 35: 188 of 439 (43%)
  • Box 50: 32 of 92 (35%)
  • Box 51: 18 of 940 (2%)
  • Box 70: 154 of 250 (44%)
  • Box 71: 104 of 665 (16%)
  • Box 72: 97 of 664 (15%)
  • Box 73: 114 of 156 (73%)
  • Box 79: 38 of 199 (19%)
  • Box 95: 44 of 147 (30%)
  • Box 96: 256 of 539 (48%)
  • Box 115: 222 of 307 (72%)
  • Box 139: 33 of 584 (6%)
  • Overall: 1,681 of the 5,262 (32%) manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

A blog post is available at the Ars Electronica 2011 festival website, detailing the speakers and themes of the conference at which TB staff will be speaking. You will be able to stream the proceedings live over the internet, and ask questions via Twitter (please be gentle with us).

Thanks are due, as ever, to all those who gave their time and effort in transcribing material this week. It is greatly appreciated.

Transcribe Bentham progress update, 30 July to 5 August 2011

By Tim Causer, on 5 August 2011

Welcome to the progress update for the period 30 July to 5 August 2011, which has seen the greatest level of transcription since the week ending 1 July.

1,669 manuscripts have now been transcribed, up 44 on last week. 1,401 of the transcripts, or 84%, are now complete and locked. We are now closing in on reaching our next milestone, that of having 1,500 transcripts completed.

The state of play for each box of material is as follows:

  • Box 2: 176 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (33%)
  • Box 27: 203 of 350 (58%)
  • Box 35: 186 of 439 (42%)
  • Box 50: 31 of 92 (34%)
  • Box 51: 17 of 940 (2%)
  • Box 70: 153 of 250 (44%)
  • Box 71: 104 of 665 (16%)
  • Box 72: 94 of 664 (14%)
  • Box 73: 114 of 156 (73%)
  • Box 79: 37 of 199 (19%)
  • Box 95: 44 of 147 (30%)
  • Box 96: 256 of 539 (48%)
  • Box 115: 222 of 307 (72%)
  • Box 139: 32 of 584 (5%)
  • Overall: 1,669 of the 5,262 (32%) manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

Box 73 is tantalisingly close to completion!

Thanks, as ever, are due to all those who have given their time this week, old and new volunteers alike, in continuing to make Transcribe Bentham a success.