Progress update, 27 October to 2 November 2012

By Tim Causer, on 2 November 2012

Welcome to the Transcribe Bentham progress update for the period 27 October to 2 November 2012. This week was a slightly slow one for transcription, but steady progress continues to be made.

4,612 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially transcribed, which is an increase of 18 on last week’s total. Of these transcripts, 4,367 (94%) are complete, 13 up on this time last week.

  • Box 2: 350 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (66%)
  • Box 27: 348 of 350 (99%)
  • Box 35: 274 of 439 (62%)
  • Box 50: 89 of 198 (44%)
  • Box 51: 351 of 940 (37%)
  • Box 62: 53 of 565 (9%)
  • Box 70: 182 of 250 (52%)
  • Box 71: 651 of 665 (97%)
  • Box 72: 606 of 664 (91%)
  • Box 73: 151 of 151 (100%)
  • Box 79: 198 of 199 (99%)
  • Box 95: 109 of 147 (74%)
  • Box 96: 526 of 539 (97%)
  • Box 97: 36 of 288 (12%)
  • Box 98: 16 of 499 (3%)
  • Box 100: 103 of 433 (23%)
  • Box 115: 266 of 307 (86%)
  • Box 116: 265 of 864 (30%)
  • Box 139: 38 of 38 (100%)
  • Overall: 56% of the 8,164 manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

Box 116 was the most worked-on batch of material during the last seven days: volunteers are uncovering some really interesting things about Bentham’s criticism of the early history of New South Wales.

As we have mentioned elsewhere, Bentham’s auto-icon will emerge from its box on Thursday 8 November. Don’t worry: he’s not going on a rampage round UCL, but is coming out for some conservation work to his clothing and the box itself. The auto-icon will also be on public display here at UCL for a couple of hours, and details of where and when you can come face-to-face with Bentham in the wild will be released soon. In the meantime, keep an eye on both our Twitter account, and that of UCL Museums for the latest news.

Our best wishes are with TB‘s participants from the east coast of America, following Hurricane Sandy earlier in the week. We hope that all are well.

Thank you, as ever, to all those who gave their time and effort to participate in Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. It is greatly appreciated by us all.