Progress update, 24 to 30 March 2012

By Tim Causer, on 30 March 2012

Welcome to the Transcribe Bentham progress update for the period 24 to 30 March, during which time great progress continues to be made.

3,165 manuscripts have now been worked on, which is an increase of 72 upon last week’s total. That makes this week the second-busiest seven-day period—after 10 to 16 March 2012—since the week ending 4 January 2011. Tremendous stuff! Of these transcripts, 2,953 (93%) are now locked and complete, up 72 on last week. At the current rate of transcription, we should lock our 3,000th transcript very soon indeed, which is a remarkable achievement.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

  • Box 2: 329 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (61%)
  • Box 27: 274 of 350 (78%)
  • Box 35: 230 of 439 (52%)
  • Box 50: 52 of 92 (56%)
  • Box 51: 53 of 940 (5%)
  • Box 62: 51 of 565 (9%)
  • Box 70: 168 of 250 (48%)
  • Box 71: 559 of 665 (84%)
  • Box 72: 331 of 664 (49%)
  • Box 73: 126 of 156 (80%)
  • Box 79: 77 of 199 (38%)
  • Box 95: 45 of 147 (30%)
  • Box 96: 519 of 539 (96%)
  • Box 97: 24 of 288 (8%)
  • Box 100: 47 of 429 (10%)
  • Box 115: 242 of 307 (78%)
  • Box 139: 38 of 38 (100%)
  • Overall: 52% of the 6,005 manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

Box 72 was the most heavily transcribed this week, with 52 (7%) of its manuscripts being worked on. The recently uploaded Box 100 is also making steady progress, with 10% of its manuscripts already transcribed.

As noted elsewhere on the blog, UCL will be closed for Easter from 5 to 11 April. This will the last full progress update until 13 April, though we do intend to issue an outline update next Friday. We will not be able to check submissions received during the break, and we apologise for any inconvenience this might cause; they will be checked as soon as we return.

If you would like to find out more about the thinking behind Transcribe Bentham, and the design and running of the project, you can read ‘Transcription Maximized; Expense Minimized: Crowdsourcing and Editing The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham‘, which was published earlier in the week by Literary and Linguistic Computing. You will need to either be at a public library, university or other institution which subscribes to Oxford University Press Journals, or have a university ID and password, to download the paper from this link. We will, however, upload a pre-publication version to UCL Discovery, the College’s open-access repository of research, and will provide a link to this as soon as it is available.

Thank you, as ever, to all those who have contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last week. It remains, as always, enormously appreciated.