Archive for July, 2012

Summer break

By Tim Causer, on 31 July 2012

I will be on annual leave for two weeks after Friday 3 August, during which time I will be unable to check submitted transcripts or issue the weekly progress reports (though I will endeavour to give a brief update if I can). The website will, of course, remain available for transcribers, and normal service will be fully resumed on Monday 20 August when I return to the office. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your patience.

Progress update, 21 to 27 July 2012

By Tim Causer, on 27 July 2012

Welcome to the progress update for the period 21 to 27 July 2012, during which we have come extremely close to having our 4,000th manuscript transcribed.

3,994 manuscripts have been transcribed or partially transcribed, up 34 on last week’s total. Of these, 3,759 are now locked and complete, an increase of 31 on this time last week.  We should hit the 4,000th transcript early next week, with a fair wind!

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

  • Box 2: 332 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (62%)
  • Box 27: 347 of 350 (99%)
  • Box 35: 265 of 439 (60%)
  • Box 50: 59 of 92 (64%)
  • Box 51: 87 of 940 (9%)
  • Box 62: 53 of 565 (9%)
  • Box 70: 171 of 250 (48%)
  • Box 71: 649 of 665 (97%)
  • Box 72: 604 of 664 (90%)
  • Box 73: 150 of 150 (100%)
  • Box 79: 86 of 199 (43%)
  • Box 95: 71 of 147 (48%)
  • Box 96: 525 of 539 (97%)
  • Box 97: 30 of 288 (10%)
  • Box 100: 84 of 433 (19%)
  • Box 115: 245 of 307 (79%)
  • Box 116: 198 of 864 (22%)
  • Box 139: 38 of 38 (100%)
  • Overall: 53% of the 7,464 manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

Box 51 was the most heavily transcribed during the last week, and Box 27 is nigh-on complete.

For those who missed it, you can read more about Jeremy Bentham’s three heads at the Bentham Project blog. I’m glad to say that our office move (mentioned in the blog) is now complete, though my (new) office does like the proverbial bomb has hit it.

Thank you, as ever, to all those who contributed their time and effort during the last seven days. It remains greatly appreciated.

Progress update, 14 to 20 July 2012

By Tim Causer, on 20 July 2012

Welcome to the progress update for the period 14 to 20 July 2012, during which time tremendous progress has been made: this week has been the busiest for transcription since early January 2011.

3,960 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 86 on last week’s total. Of these, 3,728 (94%) are complete, locked, and ready for uploading to the digital repository. We should, all being well, hit the 4,000th transcript mark sometime next week.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

  • Box 2: 332 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (62%)
  • Box 27: 342 of 350 (97%)
  • Box 35: 265 of 439 (60%)
  • Box 50: 59 of 92 (64%)
  • Box 51: 75 of 940 (7%)
  • Box 62: 53 of 565 (9%)
  • Box 70: 170 of 250 (48%)
  • Box 71: 649 of 665 (97%)
  • Box 72: 604 of 664 (90%)
  • Box 73: 150 of 150 (100%)
  • Box 79: 81 of 199 (40%)
  • Box 95: 70 of 147 (47%)
  • Box 96: 525 of 539 (97%)
  • Box 97: 30 of 288 (10%)
  • Box 100: 81 of 433 (18%)
  • Box 115: 245 of 307 (79%)
  • Box 116: 191 of 864 (22%)
  • Box 139: 38 of 38 (100%)
  • Overall: 53% of the 7,464 manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

Boxes 35 (32 transcripts) and 72 (34 transcripts) were the most transcribed during the last week.

Those wishing to widen their Bentham-related knowledge might wish to consult volume 14 of The Journal of Bentham Studies, which has just been published. Currently available are articles by Michael Quinn (UCL), on truth and utility; by Vincent-Emmanuel Mathon, on Bentham, mathematics, economics, and the internet; and by Philip Steadman (UCL), on Samuel Bentham’s panoptical ‘School of Arts’ in Russia (Samuel originally conceived the panopticon).

Thank you, as ever, to all those who have given their time and effort to participate in Transcribe Bentham during the last week. It is, as always, greatly appreciated by us all.

Progress update, 7 to 13 July 2012

By Tim Causer, on 13 July 2012

Welcome to the progress update for the period 7 to 13 July 2012, during which further excellent progress has been made.

3,874 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially transcribed, an increase of 42 on last week’s total. Of these, 3,637 are now complete and locked, up 53 on this time last week.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

  • Box 2: 332 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (62%)
  • Box 27: 342 of 350 (97%)
  • Box 35: 243 of 439 (55%)
  • Box 50: 58 of 92 (63%)
  • Box 51: 72 of 940 (7%)
  • Box 62: 53 of 565 (9%)
  • Box 70: 169 of 250 (48%)
  • Box 71: 649 of 665 (97%)
  • Box 72: 570 of 664 (85%)
  • Box 73: 150 of 150 (100%)
  • Box 79: 78 of 199 (39%)
  • Box 95: 55 of 147 (37%)
  • Box 96: 525 of 539 (97%)
  • Box 97: 30 of 288 (10%)
  • Box 100: 81 of 433 (18%)
  • Box 115: 245 of 307 (79%)
  • Box 116: 184 of 864 (21%)
  • Box 139: 38 of 38 (100%)
  • Overall: 51% of the 7,464 manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

Box 72 was the most heavily transcribed during the last week, and a number of boxes are closing in completion.

If you have submitted a transcript and it has not been checked, please do get in touch: for reasons best known to itself, my email programme has been funnelling a number of submissions into the junk folder. I think I have retrieved all those so treated, but please do let us know if some of your transcripts have not been retrieved.

Thank you, as ever, to all those who have given their time and effort to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. It remains greatly appreciated.

Progress update, 30 June to 6 July 2012

By Tim Causer, on 9 July 2012

Welcome to the progress update for the period 30 June to 6 July 2012, during which time further excellent progress has been made by volunteers. (Apologies for the delay in issuing this update, I was at a conference last Friday).

3,832 manuscripts are now transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 59 on last week’s total. Of these transcripts, 3,584 (93%) are now complete and locked, up 58 on last week.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

  • Box 2: 331 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (62%)
  • Box 27: 336 of 350 (96%)
  • Box 35: 234 of 439 (53%)
  • Box 50: 58 of 92 (63%)
  • Box 51: 72 of 940 (7%)
  • Box 62: 53 of 565 (9%)
  • Box 70: 169 of 250 (48%)
  • Box 71: 649 of 665 (97%)
  • Box 72: 551 of 664 (82%)
  • Box 73: 150 of 150 (100%)
  • Box 79: 78 of 199 (39%)
  • Box 95: 53 of 147 (36%)
  • Box 96: 523 of 539 (97%)
  • Box 97: 29 of 288 (9%)
  • Box 100: 81 of 433 (18%)
  • Box 115: 245 of 307 (79%)
  • Box 116: 182 of 864 (21%)
  • Box 139: 38 of 38 (100%)
  • Overall: 51% of the 7,464 manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed that Box 73 is now complete, and all that remains is for three partially-transcribed manuscripts and that’s it! Box 27 was the most heavily transcribed during the past week, and a number of boxes of material are now near completion.

You can also read more about the grant which the Bentham Project (and Transcribe Bentham) has received from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Thank you, as ever, to all those volunteer transcribers who have given their time and effort during the last seven days – it remains greatly appreciated.