Archive for December, 2012

Progress update, 15 to 21 December 2012

By Tim Causer, on 21 December 2012

Welcome to the progress update for the period 15 to 21 December 2012, during which time another landmark has been reached! A total of 12,921 words (including XML markup) have been transcribed by volunteers this week.

4,760 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially transcribed, which is an increase of 24 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 4,514 (94%) are now complete, so the 4,500th completed transcript mark has been well and truly breached.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

  • Box 2: 351 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (66%)
  • Box 27: 348 of 350 (99%)
  • Box 35: 275 of 439 (62%)
  • Box 50: 90 of 198 (45%)
  • Box 51: 352 of 940 (37%)
  • Box 62: 53 of 565 (9%)
  • Box 70: 245 of 250 (70%)
  • Box 71: 651 of 665 (97%)
  • Box 72: 607 of 664 (91%)
  • Box 73: 151 of 151 (100%)
  • Box 79: 198 of 199 (99%)
  • Box 95: 119 of 147 (80%)
  • Box 96: 526 of 539 (97%)
  • Box 97: 39 of 288 (13%)
  • Box 98: 26 of 499 (5%)
  • Box 100: 114 of 433 (26%)
  • Box 115: 269 of 307 (87%)
  • Box 116: 308 of 864 (35%)
  • Box 139: 38 of 38 (100%)
  • Overall: 58% of the 8,164 manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

The most heavily transcribed boxes this week were boxes 70, 100, and 116.

We are now in the process of adding volunteer produced transcripts to UCL’s digital Bentham Papers repository: simply click ‘Browse Transcribed Manuscripts’ to see which ones have been uploaded so far (you can also have a look at a past blog post for more information on the repository. Uploading the transcripts is a slow process, so please do bear with us: we will get there!

In further good news, the Bentham Papers and volunteer transcripts have also been added to Connected Histories. This is a search engine produced by the University of Hertfordshire, the Institute of Historical Research (University of London), and the University of Sheffield, and which allows you to explore a number of superb digital historical resources from one single point. We are delighted to be part of this wonderful resource.

These are just two ways in which the efforts of volunteer transcribers are making a real contribution to scholarship and research, by gradually opening up the Bentham Papers and widening access to this priceless collection of manuscripts.

As we have mentioned before, UCL closes today for the festive period, and I will be out of the office until Monday 7 January. The Transcription Desk will remain fully available throughout the holiday. Any transcripts submitted during the break will be checked when I return, though I will endeavour to issue the usual progress reports. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

We also have an exciting job opportunity here at the Bentham Project.This is to work alongside Transcribe Bentham project staff, in collaboration with colleagues at European partner institutions, on an exciting new European Commission-funded project entitled tranScriptorium. More details can be found via the job advertisement, the closing date for which is Friday 4 January 2013.

 

which will involve working with Transcribe Bentham staff and colleagues at UCL’s Centre for Digital Humanities and the University of London Computer Centre, on an exciting new European Commission-funded

Thank you, as ever, to all those who have given their time and effort to the project during the past seven days. Your support remains greatly appreciated.

 

 

Job opportunity at the Bentham Project

By Tim Causer, on 17 December 2012

We are delighted to say that we are currently advertising for a Research Associate position at the Bentham Project, in association with UCL’s Centre for Digital Humanities. This post will involve building upon our previous and ongoing work for Transcribe Bentham.

It is 0.6FTE, funded for 21 months under an EC project grant, and the post-holder will collaborate with colleagues at partner institutions in Europe in an exciting new initiative called tranScriptorium. The closing date is 12 noon on Friday 4 January 2013, and interviews will take place on Friday 25 January. Any queries about the job should be directed to Laura Allum

This is from the advertisement:

The Bentham Project, in collaboration with partners from across Europe, has recently received a grant for a project entitled tranScriptorium, which aims to develop innovative, efficient, and cost-effective solutions for the indexing, search and full transcription of digital images of manuscripts, using modern, holistic Handwritten Text Recognition (HTR) technology.

The role holder will work with tranScriptorium partners (especially the University of London Computer Centre), to design and develop an HTR crowdsourcing platform, analyse the user needs and requirements of transcript correctors and visitors, carry out beta testing of the platform to ensure full functionality, and be responsible for the running of the crowdsourcing platform on a day-to-day basis.

For more details, and to apply, please consult the job advertisement.

Progress update, 8 to 14 December 2012

By Tim Causer, on 14 December 2012

Welcome to the progress update for the period 8 to 14 December which—as it tends to be around this time of year!—has been a little quieter than normal. However, a total of 6,866 words (including XML markup) have still been transcribed during the last seven days.

4,736 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially transcribed, which is an increase of eight on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 4,491 (94%) are now complete, which is ten up on last Friday. We are now extremely close to locking our 4,500th transcript!

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

  • Box 2: 351 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (66%)
  • Box 27: 348 of 350 (99%)
  • Box 35: 275 of 439 (62%)
  • Box 50: 90 of 198 (45%)
  • Box 51: 351 of 940 (37%)
  • Box 62: 53 of 565 (9%)
  • Box 70: 240 of 250 (68%)
  • 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: 119 of 147 (80%)
  • Box 96: 526 of 539 (97%)
  • Box 97: 37 of 288 (12%)
  • Box 98: 26 of 499 (5%)
  • Box 100: 110 of 433 (25%)
  • Box 115: 267 of 307 (86%)
  • Box 116: 299 of 864 (34%)
  • Box 139: 38 of 38 (100%)
  • Overall: 58% of the 8,164 manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

Boxes 70 and 98 were the most heavily transcribed during the last seven days.

As mentioned elsewhere, UCL closes for the holidays soon and I will be away from 22 December 2012 until 7 January 2013 – TB will remain fully available over that period, but my responses to any queries may be slower than usual.

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.

UCL closure, 21 December to 7 January 2012

By Tim Causer, on 12 December 2012

The holiday period is now fast approaching, and so UCL will soon shut down for a well-earned break. Bentham, as regular readers will be aware, would disapprove of our wasting time on such frivolities as holidays and ‘time off’—on Christmas Day 1814, for example, Bentham wrote several thousand words on religion, heresy, and atheism. There are, presumably, only so many games of charades a man can take before his patience snaps.

The Transcription Desk will remain fully available over the break, but it will be largely unstaffed after 5pm (GMT) on Friday 21 December, until Monday 7 January. I intend to release the regular Friday progress updates while UCL is closed, and will endeavour to answer any queries during this period, but there may be some delay in my providing a response. Transcripts submitted after 21 December will not be checked until I return to the office on 7 January. I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, and am very grateful for your patience.

If you have any queries about these arrangements (or anything else), then please do contact us before the 21st.

Everyone involved in Transcribe Bentham, would like to thank all those who have volunteered their time and effort to the project during the last twelve months. Your contributions are highly valued, and are making a genuine contribution to research and in widening access to the Bentham Papers. It has been a hugely successful year: record numbers of manuscripts have been transcribed, and the the project has won another prize. Perhaps most importantly, Transcribe Bentham has received a grant which secures the future of the project, and promises significant improvements to the transcription interface. We will also be able to reveal some further very exciting TB-related news in the new year. It is no exaggeration to say that none of this would have been possible without you, the TB volunteers, to whom we are hugely grateful.

We would like to wish everyone a very happy festive period, and all the best for 2013!

Progress update 31 November to 7 December 2012

By Tim Causer, on 7 December 2012

Welcome to the progress update for the period 31 November to 7 December 2012, during which further steady progress has been made. A total of 13,647 words (including XML markup) were transcribed during the last seven days.

4,728 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, up 19 on last week’s total. Of these transcripts, 4,481 (94%) are complete, which is an increase of 18 on this time last week. Several of this week’s transcripts were very long, so though fewer manuscripts were worked on this week than last, almost as many words have been transcribed by volunteers.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

  • Box 2: 351 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (66%)
  • Box 27: 348 of 350 (99%)
  • Box 35: 275 of 439 (62%)
  • Box 50: 90 of 198 (45%)
  • Box 51: 351 of 940 (37%)
  • Box 62: 53 of 565 (9%)
  • Box 70: 236 of 250 (67%)
  • 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: 117 of 147 (79%)
  • Box 96: 526 of 539 (97%)
  • Box 97: 37 of 288 (12%)
  • Box 98: 24 of 499 (4%)
  • Box 100: 110 of 433 (25%)
  • Box 115: 267 of 307 (86%)
  • Box 116: 299 of 864 (34%)
  • Box 139: 38 of 38 (100%)
  • Overall: 57% of the 8,164 manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

Boxes 70 and 116 were the most heavily transcribed during the last seven days.

Elsewhere in the Bentham-sphere, you may be interested to download Jeremy Bentham: Prophet of Secularism by Professor Philip Schofield, the Director of the Bentham Project at UCL. This work was delivered as the South Place Ethical Society’s Conway Memorial Lecture in 2011.

The lecture is held in Discovery, UCL’s open-access digital repository, which allows you to download for free cutting-edge research carried out by UCL staff. We heartily recommend exploring the repository (and not just because Discovery contains all back issues of the Journal of Bentham Studies!)

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