By Tim Causer, on 8 August 2014
Welcome along to the progress update for the period 2 to 8 August 2014, during which time further tremendous progress has been made by Transcribe Bentham volunteers.
10,312 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 117 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 9,449 (92%) have been checked and subsequently approved by TB staff.
The more detailed state of progress is as follows:
|Box||No. of manuscripts worked on||No. of manuscripts in box||Completion|
|Add MSS 537||638||744||85%|
|Add MSS 538||451||858||52%|
|Add MSS 539||403||948||42%|
|Add MSS 541||143||1258||11%|
Box 537 – the first batch of British Library manuscripts – is now 85% complete, and we look forward to being able to add the images and transcripts to the digital repository in due course.
This week, two new boxes of material were added, both pertaining to Bentham’s panopticon prison scheme. Box 120 contains unpublished polemics dating from 1802 directed at the British government, for what Bentham regarded as their treachery in abandoning the plan and humiliating him. This is Bentham at his angry best, and these manuscripts are rather entertaining. Manuscripts from Box 123 largely relate to the Penitentiary Act of 1794, and Bentham’s attempts to alter it in the vain attempt to purchase land at Tothill Fields upon which the prison could be built. Many thanks to our colleagues at UCL Creative Media Services for capturing the images, and at the University of London Computer Centre for getting them uploaded.
Speaking of ULCC, this week we said farewell to our friend and TB colleague, Richard Davis, Head of the Academic and Research Technologies group at ULCC. Richard has been a key member of the TB team from the very beginning, and was instrumental in the design and production of the Transcription Desk, and the ongoing success of the initiative. We would like to thank Richard for all his work on TB – we (quite literally) couldn’t have done it without him. Richard leaves to take up a new position next month managing the digital archives and collections at Liverpool John Moores University, and we wish him nothing but the best.
Thank you, as always, to everyone who has contributed to TB during the last week. It is as greatly appreciated as always.