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Project update – the challenge continues!

By Louise Seaward, on 20 August 2018

Last month, I set a new challenge for our volunteer transcribers.  Could we focus attention on certain boxes to try to get them completely transcribed?

Happily, our volunteers rose to the challenge and set about transcribing.  I’m here to give a progress update and to invite everyone to continue transcribing so we can build on our first milestone.

The transcription challenge brought lots of new visitors to the site, tempted several new transcribers to start work and encouraged several old friends to join back in.  This is exactly what we like to see!

As shown in the below table, at last count volunteers have transcribed 63 pages of the targeted material.  Thank you all!

Box Number
No. of pages transcribed
14 3
50 15
70 21
72 4
95 6
537 and 538 14
TOTAL 63

 

Most of the 63 pages are completely transcribed; some are still awaiting review from the Transcribe Bentham administrators.  Having worked with many of our volunteers for years, we are confident that these transcripts are of a high standard.

Let’s keep the transcription challenge going and see how far we can get.  Outstanding material can be found in the below tables – there are still pages from Boxes 50, 70, 72, 95, 537 and 538 to be transcribed. Box 14 is now very nearly complete.  The only remaining pages are written in shorthand, which cannot be transcribed in full in our current system.

I know that many of these pages are rather difficult – but hopefully transcribers will be able to work on a page here and there, alongside their usual material.

I am also hard at work preparing our next transcription challenge, which will be centred on material that is likely to be of more immediate use to researchers at the Bentham Project.

As ever, I am amazed by everyone’s efforts and I look forward to seeing how transcription progresses.  If you have any questions or comments about the challenge, please let me know by email (transcribe.bentham@ucl.ac.uk).

Box 50

Page Number
Content Difficulty of handwriting Foreign language?
 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/070/234/001 Larceny  Difficult
 JB/070/237/001  Larceny  Difficult
 JB/070/238/001  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/070/252/002  Larceny Difficult
 JB/070/255/001  Larceny Difficult
 JB/070/256/002  Larceny Difficult
 JB/070/261/001  Larceny 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/072/183/002  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/072/186/001  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/072/219/001  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/095/050/001  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/095/077/002  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/537/363/002  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/538/412/001  Jeremy to Samuel Bentham  Moderate  French
 JB/538/412/002  Jeremy to Samuel Bentham  Moderate  French