Progress update, 26 November to 2 December 2011

By Tim Causer, on 2 December 2011

It’s been yet another extremely busy week for Transcribe Bentham! 2,300 manuscripts have now been transcribed, an increase of 52 on last week’s total. Of these, 2,038 (88%) are now complete and locked, up 51 on last week.

Transcribe Bentham has thus reached yet another landmark (and then some), with being able to lock our 2,000th transcript earlier in the week – heart congratulations to all who have helped the project achieve this. Our next milestone is to have 2,500 manuscripts transcribed, which we are on course to do before the year is out.

The state of play for each box is as follows:

  • Box 2: 242 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (45%)
  • Box 27: 238 of 350 (68%)
  • Box 35: 226 of 439 (51%)
  • Box 50: 40 of 92 (43%)
  • Box 51: 38 of 940 (4%)
  • Box 62: 25 of 565 (4%)
  • Box 70: 161 of 250 (46%)
  • Box 71: 276 of 665 (41%)
  • Box 72: 123 of 664 (18%)
  • Box 73: 119 of 156 (76%)
  • Box 79: 70 of 199 (35%)
  • Box 95: 44 of 147 (30%)
  • Box 96: 422 of 539 (78%)
  • Box 97: 10 of 288 (3%)
  • Box 115: 228 of 307 (74%)
  • Box 139: 38 of 38 (100%)
  • Overall: 41% of the 5,580 manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

Boxes 2, 79, and 96 saw the most activity during the last seven days. A remarkable 31 manuscripts from Box 96 were transcribed this week, and at 78% complete, this box of material is closest to being finished.

From 6 to 9 December, Dr Melissa Terras of the Transcribe Bentham team and UCL’s Centre for Digital Humanities will be speaking at the Digital Strategies for Heritage conference in Rotterdam, and presenting the project for consideration in the 2011 Digital Heritage Award. You can read the jury citations for each of the nominated projects here. We wish Melissa the best of luck!

Thank you, as ever, to all those who have so generously given their time and effort to Transcribe Bentham during the last week. It is hugely appreciated.