Progress update, 21 to 27 April 2012

By Tim Causer, on 27 April 2012

Welcome to the progress update for the period 21 to 27 April 2012, during which further excellent progress has been made.

3,333 manuscripts have now be worked on, which is an increase of 31 on last week’s total. Of these, 3,099 (93%) are complete and locked. We continue to close in on our 3,500th transcribed manuscript!

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

  • Box 2: 330 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (62%)
  • Box 27: 302 of 350 (86%)
  • Box 35: 231 of 439 (52%)
  • Box 50: 54 of 92 (58%)
  • Box 51: 55 of 940 (5%)
  • Box 62: 51 of 565 (9%)
  • Box 70: 168 of 250 (48%)
  • Box 71: 560 of 665 (84%)
  • Box 72: 415 of 664 (62%)
  • Box 73: 126 of 156 (80%)
  • Box 79: 77 of 199 (38%)
  • Box 95: 45 of 147 (30%)
  • Box 96: 521 of 539 (96%)
  • Box 97: 24 of 288 (8%)
  • Box 100: 75 of 429 (17%)
  • Box 115: 245 of 307 (79%)
  • Box 116: 16 of 218 (1%)
  • Box 139: 38 of 38 (100%)
  • Overall: 48% of the 6,873 manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

Boxes 72 and 116 – the recently uploaded material on convict transportation and early New South Wales – were the most popular during the last seven days. Regarding this latter material, we are grateful to volunteer Lea Stern, who has transcribed a manuscript in which Bentham appears to suggest that the unconstitutional ‘tyranny’ in early New South Wales was such, that some form of insurrection against the colonial government might be justified. This does not appear to have been published in A Plea for the Constitution, which was rather incendiary as it stands, so this is an excellent find.

Thanks too to all those who took the time to vote for Transcribe Bentham in the EngageU public engagement awards; alas, we were not successful, but the awards have showcased some excellent public engagement work going on at universities across Europe. Our warmest congratulations to the winners, and you can view all of the competition entries here.

As ever, many thanks to all those who have given their time during the last week to transcribe material, and contribute to Transcribe Bentham’s ongoing success. We are hugely grateful.