Progress update, 19 to 25 July 2014

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
Box 1 166 794 19%
Box 2 465 753 61%
Box 5 169 290 57%
Box 15 60 914 6%
Box 18 2 192 1%
Box 27 350 350 100%
Box 29 14 122 10%
Box 30 0 193 0%
Box 31 14 302 3%
Box 34 34 398 8%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 25 418 5%
Box 37 22 487 4%
Box 38 52 424 11%
Box 39 8 282 2%
Box 41 80 528 13%
Box 42 69 910 7%
Box 44 52 201 25%
Box 50 159 198 79%
Box 51 373 940 39%
Box 57 16 420 3%
Box 62 55 565 9%
Box 63 5 345 1%
Box 70 298 350 85%
Box 71 663 663 100%
Box 72 613 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 100%
Box 79 199 199 100%
Box 95 123 147 83%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 115 296 38%
Box 98 219 499 43%
Box 100 189 422 42%
Box 107 489 538 90%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 499 864 57%
Box 117 342 853 39%
Box 118 218 880 24%
Box 119 356 990 35%
Box 121 130 526 23%
Box 122 294 717 40%
Box 139 40 40 100%
Box 150 190 972 18%
Box 169 178 728 24%
Add MSS 537 583 744 75%
Add MSS 538 386 858 42%
Add MSS 539 398 948 41%
Add MSS 541 120 1258 7%
Overall 10,076 25,667 39%

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!