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.