Archive for January, 2013

UCL Citizen Cyberlab requests experiences of Transcribe Bentham volunteers

By Tim Causer, on 29 January 2013

The Citizen Cyberlab is run by colleagues here at UCL, and is investigating how citizens can learn about science while taking part in research. The overall project will deliver four pilot projects to assess factors such as what motivates participants, and the tools and virtual environments used to facilitate research.

The Citizen Cyberlab team would also like to interview participants in citizen science/crowdsourcing projects. These include Transcribe Bentham volunteers, who have great experience of taking part in a project where the task at hand is often complex and deeply involved.

If you would like to participate in these interviews, please do contact the Citizen Cyberlab team (or alternatively, contact us at Transcribe Bentham, and we can put you in touch with the right people). Interviews can be conducted via Skype, and all participants will receive a £15 Amazon gift voucher by way of thanks for their time.

N.B: Interviews will be audio recorded and then transcribed. Data collected will be anonymised, and will be subject to the Data Protection Act (1998).

Progress update, 12 to 25 January 2013

By Tim Causer, on 25 January 2013

Welcome to the progress update for the two weeks covering the period 12 to 25 January 2013; apologies for the late issuing of the update, owing to our attendance last week at the kick-off meeting of thetranScriptorium project. A normal service should now be fully resumed!

A total of 33,539 words (including XML markup) were transcribed during this two-week period!

  • From 12 to 18 January: a total of 4,893 manuscripts had been transcribed or partially transcribed (an increase of 72 on the previous week’s total).
  • From 19 to 25 January: 4,936 manuscripts had been transcribed or partially-transcribed (up 43 on the previous week).

Of these 4,936 transcripts, 4,673(94%) are complete and locked!

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

  • Box 2: 365 manuscripts transcribed of 532 (68%)
  • Box 27: 348 of 350 (99%)
  • Box 35: 277 of 439 (63%)
  • Box 50: 107 of 198 (54%)
  • Box 51: 352 of 940 (37%)
  • Box 62: 53 of 565 (9%)
  • Box 70: 248 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: 46 of 288 (15%)
  • Box 98: 97 of 499 (19%)
  • Box 100: 136 of 433 (30%)
  • Box 115: 274 of 307 (89%)
  • Box 116: 343 of 864 (39%)
  • Box 139: 38 of 38 (100%)
  • Overall: 60% of the 8,164 manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

The most heavily transcribed sets of material during this period were Boxes 50 and 98; almost a fifth of the latter box has been transcribed over the past three weeks, which is incredible.

Once again, thank you to all who have contributed to Transcribe Bentham over the last few weeks, and for your forbearance in the delay in getting to check your submissions. Your efforts remain greatly appreciated by us all.

 

Progress update, 22 December 2012 to 11 January 2013

By Tim Causer, on 11 January 2013

Welcome to the first progress update of 2013, and happy new year to all contributors and readers! This update covers the three weeks from 22 December 2012 to 11 January 2013: during this time, a total of 28,789 words (including XML markup) have been transcribed. Apologies for the delay in attending to submissions, owing to the Christmas and New Year break. We hope this wasn’t attended with too much convenience, and normal service has now been resumed.

  • From 22 to 28 December: a total of 4,791 manuscripts had been transcribed or partially transcribed (an increase of 31 on the previous week).
  • From 29 December 2012 to 4 January 2013: 4,802 manuscripts transcribed or partially transcribed (up 11).
  • and from 5 to 11 January 2013: 4,821 manuscripts transcribed or partially transcribed (an increase of 19)

Of these 4,821 transcripts, 4,574 (94%) are complete and locked.

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: 276 of 439 (62%)
  • Box 50: 95 of 198 (48%)
  • Box 51: 352 of 940 (37%)
  • Box 62: 53 of 565 (9%)
  • Box 70: 246 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: 42 of 288 (14%)
  • Box 98: 33 of 499 (6%)
  • Box 100: 131 of 433 (30%)
  • Box 115: 271 of 307 (88%)
  • Box 116: 333 of 864 (38%)
  • Box 139: 38 of 38 (100%)
  • Overall: 59% of the 8,164 manuscripts uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

The most heavily transcribed boxes of material during the three weeks were boxes 98, 100, and 116.

Next week’s progress update will most likely be issued on Monday 21 January, as from next Wednesday I will be in Valencia to attend the kick-off meeting of thetranScriptorium project, in which we are involved. We are looking forward to being able to tell you more about this in the coming weeks!

Thank you, as ever, to all those who have contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last three weeks. Your efforts remain greatly appreciated.