Progress update, 2 to 8 March 2013

By Tim Causer, on 8 March 2013

Welcome to the progress update for the period 2 to 8 March 2013, during which time further excellent progress has been made: 21,435 words were transcribed this week, including TEI mark-up.

5,205 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 59 on last week’s total. Of these transcripts, 4,928 (94%) are complete, up 41 on this time last week.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

  • Box 2: 382manuscripts transcribed of 753 (50%)
  • Box 27: 350 of 350 (100%)
  • Box 35: 279 of 439 (63%)
  • Box 50: 134 of 198 (67%)
  • Box 51: 358 of 940 (38%)
  • Box 62: 53 of 565 (9%)
  • Box 70: 257 of 350 (73%)
  • Box 71: 663 of 663 (100%)
  • 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: 48 of 296 (16%)
  • Box 98: 212 of 499 (42%)
  • Box 100: 146 of 422 (33%)
  • Box107:  55 of 538 (10%)
  • Box 115: 274 of 307 (89%)
  • Box 116: 355 of 864 (41%)
  • Box 139: 38 of 38 (100%)
  • Overall: 58% of the 8,925 manuscripts currently uploaded to the website have been transcribed thus far.

The most heavily transcribed material was Box 107: volunteers have discovered recipes compiled by Bentham for the panopticon prison’s kitchens (folios 109 to 112), as well as manuscripts relating to his ‘Ptenotrophium’, or chicken-house connected to the panopticon (folios 93 to 99).

A special hello to students from the University of Maryland’s ‘Introduction to Digital Humanities’ course, who have been transcribing manuscripts as a course assignment this week. You can read about their experiences in their excellent entries to the course blog. We feel your pain when it comes to reading Bentham’s handwriting!

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has given their time and effort to Transcribe Bentham during the last week. We remain extremely grateful for your contributions.