Progress update, 14 to 20 September 2013

By Tim Causer, on 20 September 2013

Welcome to the progress update for 14 to September 2013, during which time superb progress has been made by Transcribe Bentham volunteers. 15,202 words of Bentham text have been transcribed this week, along with another 6,012 words of TEI XML.

6,187 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially transcribed, which is an increase of 82 on last week’s total. Of these transcripts, 5,899 (95%) have been approved after checking by TB staff, 80 up on this time last week. This is terrific progress, and before too long we will be able to lock our 6,000th transcript.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

The recently uploaded Box 122 has proven the most popular batch of material to transcribe this week; we hope to have uploaded even more new manuscripts to transcribe before too long, as the digitisation of the UCL collection continues apace. Speaking of which, you can read about the work of Tony Slade, Head of UCL Creative Media Services, who directs the team responsible for bringing you the fantastic images of the UCL Bentham manuscripts.

Readers in the Philadelphia area might also be interested in an event next Friday at the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum, entitled Crowdsourcing and the Rise of the Volunteer Humanist. This forum will feature talks from Ben Vershbow from New York Public Library Labs, Jen Wolfe from DIY History, as well as a presentation on Transcribe Bentham. It promises to be a great event, and we’re very much looking forward to it!

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has given their time and effort so generously to Transcribe Bentham in the last week. It remains greatly appreciated by us all.