Archive for March, 2012

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.

Progress update, 25 February to 2 March 2012

By Tim Causer, on 2 March 2012

Welcome to the progress update for the period 25 February to 3 March 2012, during which time the rate of transcription has remained high, we have increased the overall proportion of locked and complete transcriptis, and we are closing in on yet another landmark.

2,906 manuscripts have now been transcribed, an increase of 61 on last week’s total. At the current rate of transcription, we should reach our 3,000th transcript during the week after next! Of these transcripts, 2,684 (92%) are now complete.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

  • Box 2: 322 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (60%)
  • Box 27: 260 of 350 (74%)
  • Box 35: 228 of 439 (51%)
  • Box 50: 52 of 92 (56%)
  • Box 51: 48 of 940 (5%)
  • Box 62: 51 of 565 (9%)
  • Box 70: 166 of 250 (47%)
  • Box 71: 471 of 665 (70%)
  • 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: 516 of 539 (95%)
  • Box 97: 23 of 288 (7%)
  • Box 115: 241 of 307 (78%)
  • Box 139: 38 of 38 (100%)
  • Overall: 52% of the 5,580 manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

Box 71 was the most heavily transcribed once again, with 7% of its manuscripts being worked on this week. Box 96 has been making good progress, with volunteers helping finish off this 95%-complete set of material. As you will also notice, more than half of the material currently uploaded to the Transcription Desk has now been transcribed! We hope to have some new material available to work on soon.

A UCL Podcast, featuring Prof Philip Schofield and Dr Tim Causer of the Bentham Project, is now available for download here.

The increased rate of transcription on the project is now very noticeable. Since Transcribe Bentham was launched in September 2010, an average of 36 manuscripts have been transcribed per week; however, during the last five weeks, the average number of transcripts per week has increased to 62! This is a tremendous achievement on the part of TB volunteers, and is making great strides in transcribing material which has yet to be explored from this vast collection, and widening access to it for all.

We remain enormously grateful for all of their efforts in ensuring the continued success of Transcribe Bentham.