By Tim Causer, on 25 July 2014
Welcome along to the progress update for the period 19 to 25 July 2014, during which time Transcribe Bentham volunteers worked on their 10,000th transcript! This phenomenal achievement has also been recognised in a story from UCL News and, at the time of writing, is on the UCL website’s front page. We have nothing but gratitude and admiration for the work of TB volunteers!
10,079 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is 145 up on last week. Of these transcripts, 9,277 (92%) have been checked and approved by TB staff, an increase of 109 on this time last week.
The more detailed state of progress is follows:
|Box||No. of manuscripts worked on||No. of manuscripts in box||Completion|
|Add MSS 537||583||744||75%|
|Add MSS 538||386||858||42%|
|Add MSS 539||398||948||41%|
|Add MSS 541||120||1258||7%|
One of the aims of Transcribe Bentham is to contribute to the production of future volumes of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham. This is a long-term goal, but this week we came across a tangible example of how the work of transcribers is assisting in the Bentham Project‘s research.
Our colleague Dr Michael Quinn is currently editing Bentham’s writings on political economy. Box 107 of the Bentham Papers largely contains material relating to the panopticon, but yesterday Dr Quinn’s attention was directed to a sheet and entitled ‘Polit. Economy’, which we weren’t previously aware of and which has obviously become estranged from the larger body of economics manuscripts found, for example, in boxes 1, 2 and 5. This sheet – folio 23 of Box 107, and transcribed to an extremely high standard by volunteer Lea Stern – is of material assistance in assessing with some confidence when Bentham was thinking about the issuance of paper money, and working on particular texts.
As ever, we end with a thanks to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. But with the initiative hitting the milestone of 10,000 transcripts, we would also of course like to register our deep gratitude to all who have taken part in the project over the last four years. You can see a list of those users in the newly-instituted TB Hall of Fame, which we will periodically update. Here’s to the next 10,000 transcripts, and beyond!