Progress update, 17-23 September 2011

By Tim Causer, on 23 September 2011

Welcome to the Transcribe Bentham progress update for the period 17 to 23 September 2011, which has proven even busier than last week. In fact, this week was the most active since 9 to 15 April earlier this year, and new and existing volunteers alike are making great inroads into the collection.

1,866 manuscripts have now been transcribed – up a remarkable 55 on last week! Of these, 1,592 are now complete and locked.

The state of progress for each box of manuscripts is as follows:

  • Box 2: 189 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (36%)
  • Box 27: 226 of 350 (65%)
  • Box 35: 210 of 439 (48%)
  • Box 50: 37 of 92 (40%)
  • Box 51: 35 of 940 (4%)
  • Box 70: 158 of 250 (45%)
  • Box 71: 164 of 665 (25%)
  • Box 72: 109 of 664 (16%)
  • Box 73: 117 of 156 (75%)
  • Box 79: 56 of 199 (28%)
  • Box 95: 44 of 147 (30%)
  • Box 96: 262 of 539 (49%)
  • Box 115: 224 of 307 (73%)
  • Box 139: 35 of 584 (6%)
  • Overall: 35% of the 5,262 manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

Box 71 alone had 24 of its manuscripts transcribed by volunteers this week, and at this rate we will hit the next landmark – the 2,000th transcribed manuscript – by mid-October. Congratulations to volunteer Diane Folan on transcribing her 800th manuscript – quite a landmark in itself, and tremendous work.

Some interesting discoveries have been made recently by volunteers, including Bentham recalling setting fire to earwigs during his childhood, his proposal to punish those guilty of ‘Forcible and Malicious Mischief’ by having the offender tied and gagged ‘and a monkey fastened about his neck‘, and Bentham’s coining of the term ‘Philotoadery‘.

You may also be interested to read Jeremy’s thoughts on the Ars Electronica festival at his blog.

Thanks once again to all who have so generously given their time and effort during the last week, and for their contributions in Transcribe Bentham‘s ongoing success.