Progress update, 10 to 16 September 2011

By Tim Causer, on 16 September 2011

Welcome to the Transcribe Bentham progress update for the period 10 to 16 September 2011, in what has proven to the busiest period since early August. We would like to warmly welcome to the project a number of volunteers who have begun transcribing following the publication of an article in the Sunday Times on academic crowdsourcing, which featured Transcribe Bentham.  You can read the article here, though it is behind the Times paywall.

1,811 manuscripts have now been transcribed, up 43 on this time last week.  Of these, 1,542 (85%) are now complete and locked; thus, we have achieved another landmark, having been able to lock our 1,500th transcript!

This breaks down as follows:

  • Box 2: 184 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (35%)
  • Box 27: 224 of 350 (64%)
  • Box 35: 206 of 439 (47%)
  • Box 50: 35 of 92 (38%)
  • Box 51: 31 of 940 (3%)
  • Box 70: 157 of 250 (45%)
  • Box 71: 140 of 665 (22%)
  • Box 72: 107 of 664 (16%)
  • Box 73: 117 of 156 (75%)
  • Box 79: 48 of 199 (24%)
  • Box 95: 44 of 147 (30%)
  • Box 96: 259 of 539 (48%)
  • Box 115: 224 of 307 (73%)
  • Box 139: 35 of 584 (6%)
  • Overall: 34% of the 5,262 manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

Eagle-eyed volunteers will notice that manuscripts from Box 139 are currently being locked; a member of staff at the Bentham Project has just completed their transcription for a forthcoming Collected Works volume of Bentham’s writings on religion, so rather than doubling up on this work, we will close off these manuscripts.

Box 71 saw the most activity this week, and Boxes 73 and 115 edge ever-closer to completion.

Thanks, as ever, to all those who have given their time and effort so generously this week, and for their contributions to Transcribe Bentham’s ongoing success.