By Tim Causer, on 20 June 2014
Welcome along to the progress update for the period 14 to 20 June 2014, which has seen volunteers continue to transcribe at a tremendous rate.
9,328 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 164 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 8,484 (90%) have passed our quality-control process, up 167 since last Friday. The completion rate has dropped a little in the last few weeks, as we continue to work our way through the rather large backlog of transcripts submitted during the last few weeks. We’re getting there and thank volunteers for their patience and bearing with us while we catch up. Many apologies for the delay in getting round to transcripts.
The more detailed state of progress is as follows:
|Box||No. of manuscripts worked on||No. of manuscripts in box||Completion|
|Add MSS 537||532||744||71%|
|Add MSS 538||249||858||29%|
|Add MSS 539||371||948||39%|
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). Dr Quinn (and the rest of us!) would be particularly grateful if volunteers chose to direct some attention towards manuscripts from these boxes.
As we mentioned last week, on 1 July the TB editorial team will be holding a focus group at UCL to discuss the application of handwritten text recognition technology to Bentham’s manuscripts, as part of our work on the tranScriptorium project. Any interested parties are warmly invited to attend, and lunch will be provided. For more details, please see this link or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, as always, to everyone who has so generously given their time to Transcribe Bentham during the last week. It is as greatly appreciated as ever.
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.