Progress update, 10 to 16 March 2012

By Tim Causer, on 17 March 2012

Welcome to the progress update for the period 10 to 16 March 2012, during which time Transcribe Bentham volunteers have achieved another landmark. Apologies for the delay in issuing this week’s update, as it has been an extremely busy week at the Bentham Project.

3,057 manuscripts have now been worked on, up 82 on last week’s total; this is the biggest seven-day increase since the week ending 4 January 2011. The 3,000-transcript mark has now been comfortably broken, and congratulations to volunteer Diane Folan for transcribing her 1,000th manuscript, and volunteer JFoxe for having transcribed her 500th manuscript in little over six months. Volunteer Lea Stern isn’t far off the 500-transcript mark either. Remarkable stuff all round.

Of these transcripts, 2,836 (92%) are locked and complete, an increase of 78 on last week. We should be in a position to lock our 3,000th transcript in around three weeks’ time.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

  • Box 2: 329 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (61%)
  • Box 27: 265 of 350 (75%)
  • Box 35: 228 of 439 (51%)
  • Box 50: 52 of 92 (56%)
  • Box 51: 53 of 940 (5%)
  • Box 62: 51 of 565 (9%)
  • Box 70: 167 of 250 (47%)
  • Box 71: 558 of 665 (83%)
  • Box 72: 260 of 664 (39%)
  • Box 73: 125 of 156 (80%)
  • Box 79: 76 of 199 (38%)
  • Box 95: 45 of 147 (30%)
  • Box 96: 519 of 539 (96%)
  • Box 97: 23 of 288 (7%)
  • Box 100: 26 of 429 (6%)
  • Box 115: 242 of 307 (78%)
  • Box 139: 38 of 38 (100%)
  • Overall: 50% of the 6,005 manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

Boxes 71, 72 and 100 saw the most activity during the last week, and a number of boxes are closing in on completion.

We were delighted to see that the Public Record Office of Victoria in Melbourne have utilised and customised the software developed for Transcribe Bentham by the University of London Computer Centre, for their own pilot transcription project. We heartily recommend that you take a look, and if you wish to use the code for the TB transcription interface, you can find it here.

Thank you, as ever, to all those who have given their time so generously during the last week, and who have helped Transcribe Bentham reach its latest landmark. We remain enormously grateful.