Progress update, 3 to 9 March 2012

By Tim Causer, on 9 March 2012

Welcome to the Transcribe Bentham progress update for the period 3 to 9 March 2012, during which time further excellent progress has been made; we are now only a few transcripts away from our next landmark.

2,975 manuscripts have now been transcribed, which is an increase of 69 on this time last week. We are now 25 transcripts away from hitting the 3,000 mark, and will comfortably break that barrier next week. Of these transcripts, 2,758 (92%) are now locked and complete.

Just to give that a bit of perspective:

  • It took 27 weeks to produce the first thousand transcripts (average of 35 transcripts per week)
  • It then took another 31 weeks to reach the second thousand (ave. 32 transcripts per week)
  • And the third thousand will be achieved in 22 weeks (ave 46 transcripts per week)

The pace of transcription has clearly quickened during the last six months or so, thanks to the efforts of TB volunteers.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

  • Box 2: 327 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (61%)
  • Box 27: 260 of 350 (74%)
  • Box 35: 228 of 439 (51%)
  • Box 50: 52 of 92 (56%)
  • Box 51: 50 of 940 (5%)
  • Box 62: 51 of 565 (9%)
  • Box 70: 167 of 250 (47%)
  • Box 71: 525 of 665 (78%)
  • Box 72: 243 of 664 (36%)
  • Box 73: 123 of 156 (78%)
  • Box 79: 76 of 199 (38%)
  • Box 95: 45 of 147 (30%)
  • Box 96: 518 of 539 (96%)
  • Box 97: 23 of 288 (7%)
  • Box 100: 8 of 429 (1%)
  • Box 115: 241 of 307 (78%)
  • Box 139: 38 of 38 (100%)
  • Overall: 49% of the 6,005 manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

Box 71 again saw the greatest activity – a full 8% of its manuscripts were transcribed during the last seven days – and volunteers are also making excellent progress on completing Box 96.

New material was added to Transcribe Bentham this week in the shape of Box 100, which includes material on Bentham’s civil code, his theory of punishment and reward, and a substantial portion of his essay, The Influence of Time and Place on Legislation.

Thank you, as ever, to all those who have given their time and effort so generously during the past week. We remain hugely grateful for it all.