Progress update, 25 January to 7 February 2014

By Tim Causer, on 7 February 2014

Welcome along to the progress update for the period 25 January to 7 February 2014, which has proven quite a busy period. Firstly, many apologies for the delay in checking transcripts last week, and the non-appearance of the progress update last Friday. This was owing to our attendance at a tranScriptorium project meeting in Innsbruck; we look forward to telling you more about this project in the next few months as work progresses. Normal service has now been resumed, and we apologise for any inconvenience which this delay may have caused.

During this two-week period, 16,489 words of Bentham text were transcribed by volunteers, along with an additional 6,690 words of TEI XML. 6,890 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 66 since the last progress update. Of these transcripts, 6,577 (95%) are complete and locked after having undergone our quality-control process.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

This week we also took receipt of the first batch of digital images from the British Library’s Bentham manuscripts. The BL are digitising the volumes of correspondence first, and this set contains letters to and from Jeremy himself, his father Jeremiah and Mother Alicia, his brother Samuel, step-brother Charles Abbot, and many others besides. They feature a letter from Jeremiah Bentham to the headmaster of Westminster School, complaining that some of the older boys had divested young Jeremy of his books, and Jeremy’s translation into English from the Latin Cicero’s Tusculan Disputations. This material will be uploaded to the website in due course, and we look forward to exploring it further with you.

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has given their time and effort to Transcribe Bentham during the last two weeks. It remains as greatly appreciated by us as ever.