By Tim Causer, on 31 July 2015
Welcome along to the progress update for the period 25 to 31 July 2015, during which time further excellent progress has been made by Transcribe Bentham volunteers. As the project’s fifth birthday approaches in September, we are well on the way to having our 14,000th transcript worked on!
13,452 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 60 on last week’s total. Of these transcripts, 12,639 (94%) have now been checked and approved by TB staff. (We’ve been continuing to work through the body of partially-transcribed manuscripts, and others we may have missed in the past, which accounts for the increased approval rate).
The more detailed state of progress is as follows:
|Box||No. of manuscripts worked on||No. of manuscripts in box||Completion|
|Add MS 537||730||744||98%|
|Add MS 538||774||858||90%|
|Add MS 539||834||948||87%|
|Add MS 540||208||1012||20%|
|Add MS 541||416||1258||32%|
|Add MS 547||0||701||0%|
Eagle-eyed transcribers will have noticed that this week we uploaded a new batch of material to the Transcription Desk. You can now transcribe more manuscripts from the British Library’s Bentham Papers, namely Additional Manuscripts volume 33547. This material mainly contains Bentham’s thoughts on prize law, that is the mechanics of paying bounties to seamen for capturing foreign ships during times of war. Yet more material will be uploaded for transcription in the coming weeks – there’s certainly no shortage!
We are also delighted to say, that thanks to a UCL Grand Challenges Small Grant, a team led by DARE Collaborative, the UCL Institute for Education, DuckDuckZeus Games, UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, and the Bentham Project will be developing Panopticon Pandemonium, in which you will be able to try and run your own panopticon prison. Watch this space, as they say…
Thank you, as always, to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. It remains as greatly appreciated as ever by all of us here at Bentham HQ.