Progress update, 23 to 29 August 2014

By Tim Causer, on 29 August 2014

Welcome along to the progress update for the period 23 to 29 August 2014, during which time further excellent progress has been made by Transcribe Bentham volunteers. We would like to thank you all again for your patience while we were attending the International Society for Utilitarian Studies conference in Yokohama last week, and while we work our way through submissions.

10,657 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 75 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 9,602 (92%) have been approved after checking by TB staff – the standard of work submitted by volunteers continues to be of a tremendously high standard.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 203 794 25%
Box 2 465 753 61%
Box 5 172 290 59%
Box 15 69 914 8%
Box 18 2 192 1%
Box 27 350 350 100%
Box 29 17 122 13%
Box 30 0 193 0%
Box 31 14 302 4%
Box 34 36 398 9%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 31 418 7%
Box 37 27 487 5%
Box 38 56 424 13%
Box 39 8 282 2%
Box 41 80 528 13%
Box 42 74 910 8%
Box 44 52 201 25%
Box 50 159 198 79%
Box 51 374 940 39%
Box 57 17 420 4%
Box 62 55 565 9%
Box 63 21 345 6%
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 95 124 147 84%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 116 296 39%
Box 98 219 499 43%
Box 100 190 422 42%
Box 107 497 538 92%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 499 864 57%
Box 117 352 853 41%
Box 118 231 880 26%
Box 119 466 990 47%
Box 120 8 686 1%
Box 121 130 526 23%
Box 122 300 717 41%
Box 123 8 443 1%
Box 139 40 40 100%
Box 150 214 972 22%
Box 169 183 728 25%
Add MSS 537 691 744 92%
Add MSS 538 494 858 57%
Add MSS 539 413 948 43%
Add MSS 541 180 1258 14%
Overall 10,657 26,796 38%

A number of boxes continue to head towards completion, with Box 537 now being virtually finished – once we work through submissions, it should just about be there. Fantastic!

This week, we also say goodbye to another TB friend and colleague, Dr Kris Grint, who is to take up the post of the Michael Bentley Research Fellow in the School of History, at the University of St Andrews. Kris has been integral to the success of Transcribe Bentham over the last eighteen months, helping to see through the implementation of the upgraded transcription interface, checking volunteer submissions, and in promoting the work of the project. His entry for the British Library’s Untold Lives blog, for example, was vital in discussing the availability of the first batch of Bentham Family correspondence to be uploaded for transcription, and helped to attract a number of new volunteers. And this is all without mentioning his fantastic work on the¬†connected¬†tranScriptorium project, and in enabling the publication of electronic editions via the Bentham Project website. I know a number of TB volunteers have spoken to Kris about TB, and hope you will join us in wishing him all the very best in his new position. We will certainly miss him.

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. Your contributions remain as greatly appreciated as ever by us all.