Archive for September, 2015

Progress update, 19 to 25 September 2015

By Tim Causer, on 25 September 2015

Welcome along to the Transcribe Bentham progress update for 19 to 25 September 2015, during which time further excellent progress has been made by volunteers.

13,833 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 55 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 12,790 (94%) have been checked and approved by Transcribe Bentham staff.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 352 794 45%
Box 2 476 753 63%
Box 4 2 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 4 167 2%
Box 8 6 284 2%
Box 9 41 266 15%
Box 15 79 914 10%
Box 18 4 192 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 2 193 1%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 34 40 398 10%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 35 418 8%
Box 37 32 487 6%
Box 38 149 424 36%
Box 39 12 282 4%
Box 41 87 528 14%
Box 42 89 910 9%
Box 44 53 201 26%
Box 50 171 198 85%
Box 51 385 940 40%
Box 57 18 420 4%
Box 62 77 565 13%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 306 350 87%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 614 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 141 296 47%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 194 422 43%
Box 106 159 581 27%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 277 307 90%
Box 116 507 864 58%
Box 117 365 853 42%
Box 118 255 880 28%
Box 119 535 990 54%
Box 120 29 686 4%
Box 121 134 526 24%
Box 122 305 717 41%
Box 123 42 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 5 381 1%
Box 149 5 581 1%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 195 728 26%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 776 858 90%
Add MS 35539 834 948 87%
Add MS 35540 366 1012 36%
Add MS 35541 451 1258 35%
Add MS 35547 28 701 3%
Add MS 35549 0 366 0%
Overall 13,833 32,627 42%

 

We are also glad to say that Jeremy Bentham’s Prison Cooking: A Collection of Utilitarian Recipes – based in large part on manuscripts transcribed by TB volunteers – is now available to buy from UCL’s Online Store for the bargain price of £9.99 (plus postage). Bentham Cover final 28/7/15.inddWe are hugely grateful to the team who produced the cookbook – Alysha Owen, DeAndra Lupu, Jennifer Timmins, Joanna O’Neill, Katarzyna Gambus, and Toluwalase Ogundipe – as part of their MA in Publishing studies here at UCL. The book is a beautiful production, and a real tribute to their hard work.

As always, we are hugely grateful to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. It remains as greatly appreciated as always.

Progress update, 12 to 18 September 2015

By Tim Causer, on 18 September 2015

Welcome along to the Transcribe Bentham progress update for the period 12 to 18 September 2015, during which time further steady progress has been made by volunteer transcribers.

13,778 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 18 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 12,957 (94%) have been checked and approved by Transcribe Bentham staff.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 308 794 39%
Box 2 476 753 63%
Box 4 2 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 4 167 2%
Box 8 6 284 2%
Box 9 41 266 15%
Box 15 79 914 10%
Box 18 4 192 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 2 193 1%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 34 40 398 10%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 35 418 8%
Box 37 32 487 6%
Box 38 147 424 36%
Box 39 12 282 4%
Box 41 87 528 14%
Box 42 89 910 9%
Box 44 53 201 26%
Box 50 171 198 85%
Box 51 385 940 40%
Box 57 18 420 4%
Box 62 77 565 13%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 306 350 87%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 614 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 141 296 47%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 194 422 43%
Box 106 155 581 26%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 277 307 90%
Box 116 507 864 58%
Box 117 365 853 42%
Box 118 255 880 28%
Box 119 535 990 54%
Box 120 29 686 4%
Box 121 134 526 24%
Box 122 305 717 41%
Box 123 42 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 5 381 1%
Box 149 5 581 1%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 195 728 26%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 776 858 90%
Add MS 35539 834 948 87%
Add MS 35540 362 1012 35%
Add MS 35541 451 1258 35%
Add MS 35547 28 701 3%
Add MS 35549 0 366 0%
Overall 13,778 32,627 41%

As always, we are very grateful 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.

Progress update, 5 to 11 September 2015

By Tim Causer, on 11 September 2015

Welcome along to the progress update for 5 to 11 September 2015, a week which marked te fifth aniversary of Transcribe Bentham‘s launch. You can read about the last five years in our entry earlier this week.

Excellent progress has been made by Transcribe Bentham volunteers during the past seven days: 13,760 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 64 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 12,935 (94%) have been checked and approved by TB staff. The standard of transcripts continues to be astonishingly high.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 291 794 37%
Box 2 476 753 63%
Box 4 2 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 4 167 2%
Box 8 6 284 2%
Box 9 41 266 15%
Box 15 79 914 10%
Box 18 4 192 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 2 193 1%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 34 40 398 10%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 35 418 8%
Box 37 32 487 6%
Box 38 145 424 35%
Box 39 12 282 4%
Box 41 87 528 14%
Box 42 89 910 9%
Box 44 53 201 26%
Box 50 171 198 85%
Box 51 385 940 40%
Box 57 18 420 4%
Box 62 76 565 13%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 306 350 87%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 614 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 141 296 47%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 194 422 43%
Box 106 155 581 26%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 277 307 90%
Box 116 507 864 58%
Box 117 365 853 42%
Box 118 255 880 28%
Box 119 535 990 54%
Box 120 29 686 4%
Box 121 134 526 24%
Box 122 304 717 41%
Box 123 42 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 5 381 1%
Box 149 5 581 1%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 195 728 26%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 776 858 90%
Add MS 35539 834 948 87%
Add MS 35540 365 1012 35%
Add MS 35541 451 1258 35%
Add MS 35547 28 701 3%
Add MS 35549 0 366 0%
Overall 13,760 32,627 41%

As always, we are very grateful to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. As we pass the project’s fifth birthday we would also like to thank all who have contributed to TB‘s success since September 2010. We are more appreciative than we can ever say.

Happy fifth birthday, Transcribe Bentham!

By Tim Causer, on 7 September 2015

Today marks the fifth anniversary of Transcribe Bentham‘s being unleashed upon a unsuspecting public. (Where did that time go?) If, in September 2010, you had told the project team that five years later volunteers would have transcribed 13,696 manuscripts (and counting) I suspect we may not have believed you, given the challenge of reading and deciphering many of Bentham’s manuscripts. But the dedication and skill of volunteer transcribers has more than assuaged any fears we may have had: more and more material is being submitted as we speak, and we continue to be enormously impressed by the enthusiasm, care, and attention which volunteers put into every transcript.

To give you a sense of just how successful Transcribe Bentham has been, it is now entirely possible that all of Bentham’s manuscripts – hugely important as a historical and philosophical resource – could be fully transcribed and available in about 10 to 15 years. Had Transcribe Bentham never existed, then the best-case scenario for having everything transcribed wouldn’t be, at least, until 2081. Transcribers are helping to make a genuine contribution to research and scholarship.

The last five years have been extraordinarily busy. Around 60,000 manuscript pages have been digitised from the UCL and British Library Bentham Papers, and another 40,000 or so are required. We have been fortunate to receive a reasonable amount of media coverage, including New York Times article which trebled our user-base overnight in December 2010. The project has even received a couple of awards, including a prestigious Award of Recognition in the 2011 Prix Ars Electronica, the world’s foremost digital arts competition, and a Bentham Cookbook, based on manuscripts transcribed by volunteers, has just been published. The project team have given numerous presentations about the work of Transcribe Bentham and its contributors, and have published a series of articles (with more to come, including a paper demonstrating how crowdsourced transcription is economically viable).

Transcribe Bentham is now well and truly embedded in the main work of the Bentham Project, namely its production of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham. Volunteer transcripts are being used by Bentham Project researchers in editing volumes of the Collected Works, and they have made some significant discoveries, as my colleague Dr Michael Quinn’s recent posts on Bentham’s writings on political economy have shown. And in a circumstance which we would never have foreseen, data produced by volunteer transcribers has been used as ‘ground truth’ for the training of Handwritten Text Recognition models in the tranScriptorium project, and Transcribe Bentham will act as a demonstrator for bringing this technology to users in the forthcoming READ (Retrieval and Enrichment of Archival Documents) initiative. Perhaps most importantly, Transcribe Bentham has demonstrated the feasibility and the desirability of opening up humanities research for wider participation; Bentham and Bentham studies have never had a higher profile, and this is thanks in part to Transcribe Bentham.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked on Transcribe Bentham during the last five years: from the Bentham Project, Professor Philip Schofield, Dr Valerie Wallace, Dr Justin Tonra, Dr Kris Grint, and Anna-Maria Sichani (plus Phillippa Waller, Tom Ue, Hazel Wilkinson, and Kalliopi Kontiza); from UCL’s Centre for Digital Humanities, Professor Melissa Terras; from UCL Library Services, Martin Moyle and Lesley Pitman; from UCL Creative Media Services, Tony Slade, Raheel Nabi, Miguel Faleiro Rodrigues, and Alejandro Salinas Lopex; and from the University of London Computer Centre, Richard Davis, Rory McNicholl, José Martin, and Ben Parish; and for designing the fantastic Transcribe Bentham branding, Dr Rudolf Ammann.

We are also extremely grateful to support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and to UCL for supporting Transcribe Bentham.

But the people who really deserve the most thanks, and who truly deserve to be celebrated, are Transcribe Bentham‘s volunteers (you can find a list of everyone who has contributed in our ‘Hall of Fame’). Whether you have transcribed a page or more than a thousand pages, thank you so much. The project would genuinely be nothing without your patience, your skill, your support, your dedication, and your care for the material. We are more grateful than we can ever say.

Here’s to the next five years (and beyond)!

Progress update, 29 August to 4 September 2015

By Tim Causer, on 4 September 2015

Welcome to the progress update for the period 29 August to 4 September 2015, during which time further excellent progress has been made by Transcribe Bentham volunteers.

13,696 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 44 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 12,892 (94%) have been checked and 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
Box 1 255 794 32%
Box 2 476 753 63%
Box 4 2 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 4 167 2%
Box 8 6 284 2%
Box 9 41 266 15%
Box 15 79 914 10%
Box 18 4 192 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 2 193 1%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 34 40 398 10%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 35 418 8%
Box 37 32 487 6%
Box 38 145 424 35%
Box 39 12 282 4%
Box 41 87 528 14%
Box 42 89 910 9%
Box 44 53 201 26%
Box 50 171 198 85%
Box 51 385 940 40%
Box 57 18 420 4%
Box 62 72 565 12%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 306 350 87%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 614 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 140 296 46%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 194 422 43%
Box 106 155 581 26%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 507 864 58%
Box 117 365 853 42%
Box 118 255 880 28%
Box 119 535 990 54%
Box 120 29 686 4%
Box 121 134 526 24%
Box 122 304 717 41%
Box 123 42 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 4 381 1%
Box 149 5 581 1%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 195 728 26%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 776 858 90%
Add MS 35539 834 948 87%
Add MS 35540 345 1012 34%
Add MS 35541 451 1258 35%
Add MS 35547 27 701 3%
Add MS 35549 0 366 0%
Overall 13,696 32,627 41%

We are delighted to say that Jeremy Bentham’s Prison Cooking, a book produced by students on UCL’s MA in Publishing course and based on manuscripts transcribed by TB volunteers, has been published. We are thrilled to bits that this project has come to fruition, and in such a handsome, professional book. It will soon be available to order online, so please do watch this space.

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has contributed to TB during the last seven days. It remains as greatly appreciated as always.