Progress update, 7 June to 13 June 2014: Record-breaking week for Transcribe Bentham

By Kris Grint, on 13 June 2014

It is my pleasure to announce that this week on Transcribe Bentham has seen the breaking of three records.

The first to report is that 9,164 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed since the project began. This is an outstanding achievement by our volunteers, not least because on 25 April 2014 the total surpassed 8,000, meaning over 1,000 transcripts have been added in just 7 weeks – the quickest ever.

Secondly, this week also saw the record for number of manuscripts transcribed smashed, with exactly 300 transcribed or partially-transcribed, eclipsing the previous record by 88.

Last but not least, our 2014 transcription rate, which is the average number of manuscripts transcribed per week, has topped 100 for the first time.

A hearty congratulations to all our transcribers who continue to amaze us with both the quantity and quality of their work.

Of the total 9,164 manuscripts that have now been transcribed or partially transcribed, 8,287 (90%) have been checked and approved by TB editorial staff. We are still working through a significant backlog of submitted transcripts which should be resolved by next week’s update.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 103 794 12%
Box 2 465 753 61%
Box 5 163 290 56%
Box 15 43 914 5%
Box 18 2 192 1%
Box 27 350 350 100%
Box 29 5 122 4%
Box 31 9 302 2%
Box 34 23 398 5%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 19 418 4%
Box 37 14 487 2%
Box 38 42 424 9%
Box 39 5 282 1%
Box 41 76 528 13%
Box 42 67 910 7%
Box 44 50 201 24%
Box 50 159 198 79%
Box 51 372 940 39%
Box 57 9 420 2%
Box 62 55 565 10%
Box 70 295 350 84%
Box 71 663 663 100%
Box 72 612 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 100%
Box 79 199 199 100%
Box 95 123 147 83%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 85 296 28%
Box 98 218 499 43%
Box 100 183 422 41%
Box 107 476 538 88%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 498 864 57%
Box 117 304 853 35%
Box 118 167 880 18%
Box 119 255 990 22%
Box 121 125 526 22%
Box 122 286 717 39%
Box 139 40 40 100%
Box 150 114 972 11%
Box 169 161 728 22%
Add MSS 537 498 744 66%
Add MSS 538 230 858 36%
Add MSS 539 354 948 37%
Overall 9,164 23,881 38%

 
Dr Michael Quinn, Senior Research Associate at the Bentham Project, is preparing the authoritative edition of Bentham’s economic writings for publication in the Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham. Dr Quinn is currently working on manuscripts in boxes 1, 2 and 150. Boxes 1 and 2 contain Bentham’s ideas on political economy, whilst Box 150 focuses on preventive police (more specifically the Thames Police Bill, which Bentham drew up in conjunction with the magistrate, Patrick Colquhoun). Assistance from TB volunteers in completing the transcription of these three boxes would be gratefully received. Full acknowledgement in the resulting published volume will be given to the transcribers of manuscripts used.

Finally, on 1 July 2014, the TB editorial team will be running a focus-group at UCL discussing the application of handwritten text recognition technology to Bentham’s manuscripts. Any interested parties are warmly invited to attend, and lunch will be provided. For more details, please see this link or email k.grint@ucl.ac.uk.