Progress update, 14 to 20 January 2012

By Tim Causer, on 20 January 2012

Welcome to the progress update for the period 14 to 20 January 2012, during which – following on from reaching our 2,500th transcript last week – TB volunteers have hit yet another landmark!

2,561 manuscripts have now been transcribed, which is an increase of 42 on last week’s total. Of these, 2,306 are complete and have been locked. This means that 90% of all the transcripts are now complete, which is a terrific achievement and a real testament to the quality of work being done by TB volunteers.

The detailed state of progress is as follows:

The state of progress for each box is as follows:

  • Box 2: 280 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (52%)
  • Box 27: 240 of 350 (68%)
  • Box 35: 227 of 439 (51%)
  • Box 50: 47 of 92 (51%)
  • Box 51: 45 of 940 (4%)
  • Box 62: 38 of 565 (6%)
  • Box 70: 165 of 250 (47%)
  • Box 71: 297 of 665 (44%)
  • Box 72: 194 of 664 (29%)
  • Box 73: 119 of 156 (76%)
  • Box 79: 75 of 199 (37%)
  • Box 95: 44 of 147 (30%)
  • Box 96: 501 of 539 (92%)
  • Box 97: 20 of 288 (6%)
  • Box 115: 231 of 307 (75%)
  • Box 139: 38 of 38 (100%)
  • Overall: 45% of the 5,580 manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

During the last week, we have been looking at the first few responses received in our new volunteer survey (and thank you to all for these so far). A clear theme is a little frustration at not being able to easily distinguish between completed, partially-completed, and untranscribed manuscripts. We realise that this is a great inconvenience, and solving this problem is a priority when we receive funding to further develop and improve the transcription tool.

In the meantime, we have updated (and will continue to keep up to date) lists of partially-transcribed manuscripts, and another of completed and locked transcripts. We hope that in the meantime, these lists will make selecting a manuscript a little easier.

Thank you, as ever, to all those who have generously given their time during the last seven days. It remains greatly appreciated.