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|
|Add MSS 537||691||744||92%|
|Add MSS 538||494||858||57%|
|Add MSS 539||413||948||43%|
|Add MSS 541||180||1258||14%|
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.