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Project update – challenge for our volunteers!

By Louise Seaward, on 16 July 2018

Following on from the results of our most recent user survey in 2017, I have been working steadily to make improvements to the Transcribe Bentham Transcription Desk – to make it a more fun (and productive!) place to be.

I have already enhanced the transcription guidelines, tried to extend a better welcome to new transcribers and ensured volunteers are clearly credited for their work.  I am also hopeful that some technical improvements will be possible once we migrate our platform to servers at UCL (this process should take place in the next few weeks – more details in the Transcribe Bentham newsletter).  I plan to document and reflect on some of these changes in a future blog post…

But for now, I want to focus on another improvement that was suggested in our user survey.  Our transcribers requested more guidance in selecting manuscripts to transcribe – in terms of priority, difficulty and subject matter.  It is fantastic to have so much digitised Bentham material on the site but it can make it overwhelming for volunteers to pick a page to transcribe!

In the below tables, I have a made a first attempt to compile some suggested material to transcribe.  For our first target, I have focused on a selection of boxes that have nearly been completely transcribed – I hereby challenge our volunteer transcribers to try to get these boxes finished! This challenge is of course open to all – Transcribe Bentham newbies and our longstanding volunteers.

There is a mixture of content here including writings on legal procedure, penal codes, burglary and turnpikes, as well as correspondence and some material written in French.

Unfortunately some of this material is difficult – perhaps there is a reason it hasn’t been transcribed so far!  But I hope there might at least be a page or two to interest all our transcribers.

The list of Untranscribed Manuscripts will be updated regularly to show when pages from this list have been worked on.  This list must be updated manually so please bear in mind that there may be a bit of a time lag with this, especially over weekends when UCL is closed.

So I wish you all good luck!  And as always, if you have any questions or comments, please let me know by email (transcribe.bentham@ucl.ac.uk).

Box 14

Page number Content
Difficulty of handwriting
Foreign language?
 JB/014/283/001  Deontology  Easy
 JB/014/295/001  Deontology  Easy  French
 JB/014/296/001  Deontology  Easy  French

 

Box 50

Page Number
Content Difficulty of handwriting Foreign language?
 JB/050/007/001  Legal procedure  Difficult
 JB/050/048/001  Legal procedure  Difficult
 JB/050/074/001  Legal procedure  Difficult
 JB/050/074/002   Legal procedure  Difficult
 JB/050/078/001  Murder  Difficult
 JB/050/080/001  Theft (short page)  Difficult
 JB/050/082/001  Certainty in law  Difficult
 JB/050/091/001  Legal procedure  Moderate
 JB/050/092/001  Legal procedure  Moderate
 JB/050/113/001  Legal procedure  Difficult
 JB/050/124/002  Legal procedure  Difficult
 JB/050/126/002  Legal procedure (short page)  Difficult
 JB/050/161/001  Lawyers  Difficult
 JB/050/162/001  Legal procedure  Difficult
 JB/050/164/001  Chances for the guilty  Difficult
 JB/050/174/001  Legal procedure (table form)  Difficult  French

 

Box 70

Page Number
Content Difficulty of handwriting
Foreign language?
 JB/070/149/001 Laws in general  Moderate  Latin?
 JB/070/159/001  Laws in general  Moderate
 JB/070/194/001  Libels  Difficult
 JB/070/194/002  Libels  Difficult
 JB/070/225/001  Embezzlement  Difficult
 JB/070/226/001  Embezzlement  Difficult
 JB/070/233/001  Theft  Difficult
 JB/070/234/001  Larceny  Difficult
 JB/070/235/001  Larceny  Difficult
 JB/070/236/001  Larceny  Difficult
 JB/070/237/001  Larceny  Difficult
 JB/070/238/001  Larceny  Difficult
 JB/070/240/001  Larceny  Difficult
 JB/070/244/001  Larceny  Difficult
 JB/070/245/001  Larceny  Difficult
 JB/070/246/001  Larceny  Difficult
 JB/070/247/001  Larceny  Difficult
 JB/070/249/001  Larceny Difficult
 JB/070/251/001  Larceny Difficult
 JB/070/252/002  Larceny Difficult
 JB/070/255/001  Larceny Difficult
 JB/070/256/002  Larceny Difficult
 JB/070/257/002  Larceny Difficult
 JB/070/259/001  Theft (short page)  Difficult
 JB/070/260/001  Larceny  Difficult
 JB/070/261/001  Larceny Difficult
 JB/070/262/001  Larceny Difficult
 JB/070/263/001  Burglary Difficult
 JB/070/264/001  Burglary Difficult
 JB/070/266/001  Burglary Difficult
 JB/070/267/001  Burglary Difficult
 JB/070/272/001  Abortion Difficult
 JB/070/277/002  Mischief Difficult
 JB/070/279/002  Insolvency Difficult
 JB/070/284/002  Laws in general  Difficult

 

Box 72

Page Number
Content Difficulty of handwriting
Foreign language?
 JB/072/004/001  Offences against person (table form)  Moderate
 JB/072/006/001  Offences against person (table form)  Moderate
 JB/072/006/002  Offences against person (table form)  Moderate
 JB/072/007/001  Offences against property (table form)  Moderate
 JB/072/007/002  Offences against property (table form)  Moderate
 JB/072/008/001  Offences against property (table form)  Moderate
 JB/072/008/002  Offences against property (table form)  Moderate
 JB/072/009/001  Penal code (table form)  Moderate
 JB/072/010/001  Offences against revenue (table form)  Moderate
 JB/072/010/002   Offences against revenue (table form)  Moderate
 JB/072/011/001  Offences against trade (table form)  Moderate
 JB/072/012/001  Offences against morality (table form)   Moderate
 JB/072/014/001  Offences against public property (short table form)   Moderate
 JB/072/016/001  Offences against government (table form)   Moderate
 JB/072/016/002  Offences against government (table form)   Moderate
 JB/072/018/001  Offences against national peace (short table form)   Moderate
 JB/072/019/001  Offences against the coin (table form)   Moderate
 JB/072/090/001  Offences against property (table form)   Moderate
 JB/072/106/002  Penal code   Moderate
 JB/072/183/001  Penal code   Difficult  French
 JB/072/183/002  Penal code  Difficult  French
 JB/072/183/003  Penal code  Difficult  French
 JB/072/183/004  Penal code  Difficult  French
 JB/072/184/001  Penal code  Difficult  French
 JB/072/184/002  Penal code (short page)  Difficult  French
 JB/072/186/001  Penal code  Difficult  French
 JB/072/215/001  Penal code (table form)  Difficult  French
 JB/072/216/001  Penal code  Difficult  French
 JB/072/216/002  Penal code  Difficult  French
 JB/072/216/003  Penal code  Difficult  French
 JB/072/216/004  Penal code  Difficult  French
 JB/072/217/001  Penal code  Difficult  French
 JB/072/217/002  Penal code  Difficult  French
 JB/072/218/001  Penal code (table form)  Difficult  Latin?
 JB/072/219/001  Penal code  Moderate  French
 JB/072/219/002  Penal code  Moderate  French
 JB/072/220/001  Penal code  Moderate  French
 JB/072/220/002  Penal code  Moderate  French
 JB/072/220/003  Penal code   Moderate  French
 JB/072/220/004  Penal code   Moderate  French
 JB/072/221/001  Penal code   Moderate  French
 JB/072/221/002  Penal code   Moderate  French
 JB/072/221/003  Penal code   Moderate  French
 JB/072/221/004  Penal code   Moderate  French
 JB/072/222/001  Penal code   Moderate  French

 

Box 95

Page Number
Content Difficulty of handwriting
Foreign language?
 JB/095/039/001  Turnpike act (table form)  Moderate
 JB/095/043/001  Turnpike act (table form, numbers)  Easy
 JB/095/047/002  Turnpike act (short page)  Difficult
 JB/095/048/001  Turnpike act (table form)  Difficult
 JB/095/049/001  Turnpike act (table form)  Difficult
 JB/095/050/001  Turnpike act (table form)  Difficult
 JB/095/059/001  Turnpike act  Difficult
 JB/095/060/001  Turnpike act  Difficult
 JB/095/071/002  Turnpike act  Difficult
 JB/095/074/001  Turnpike act (short page)  Easy
 JB/095/077/002  Turnpike act  Difficult
 JB/095/079/001  Turnpike act  Difficult
 JB/095/079/002  Turnpike act  Difficult
 JB/095/096/001  Turnpike act  Moderate
 JB/095/097/001  Turnpike act  Difficult
 JB/095/105/001  Turnpike act  Difficult
 JB/095/109/001  Turnpike act  Difficult
 JB/095/110/001  Turnpike act  Difficult
 JB/095/112/004  Turnpike act  Difficult

 

Boxes 537 and 538

Page Number
Content Difficulty of handwriting
Foreign language?
 JB/537/361/001  Jeremy to Samuel Bentham Difficult  French
 JB/537/363/002  Jeremy to Samuel Bentham  Difficult  French
 JB/537/364/001  Jeremy to Samuel Bentham  Difficult  French
 JB/537/364/002  Jeremy to Samuel Bentham  Difficult  French
JB/537/365/001  Jeremy to Samuel Bentham  Difficult  French
 JB/537/366/001  Jeremy to Samuel Bentham Difficult  French
 JB/538/204/001  Marquis de Chastellux to Bentham  Moderate  French
 JB/538/204/002  Marquis de Chastellux to Bentham  Moderate  French
 JB/538/212/001  Marquis de Chastellux to Bentham  Moderate  French
 JB/538/227/002  Jeremy to Samuel Bentham  Difficult
 JB/538/309/001  Jeremy to Samuel Bentham  Difficult
 JB/538/387/002   Jeremy to Samuel Bentham  Moderate
 JB/538/388/001   Jeremy to Samuel Bentham  Moderate
 JB/538/388/002   Jeremy to Samuel Bentham  Moderate
 JB/538/407/002   Samuel to Jeremy Bentham  Easy
 JB/538/409/001  Jeremy to Samuel Bentham  Moderate
 JB/538/409/002  Jeremy to Samuel Bentham  Moderate
 JB/538/412/001  Jeremy to Samuel Bentham  Moderate  French
 JB/538/412/002  Jeremy to Samuel Bentham  Moderate  French
 JB/538/413/001  Jeremy to Samuel Bentham  Moderate  French