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Progress update, 18 to 24 October 2014

By Tim Causer, on 24 October 2014

Welcome along to the Transcribe Bentham progress update for the period 18 to 24 October 2014, during which time further terrific progress has been made by volunteer transcribers.

11,209 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 69 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 10,291 (92%) 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 1 219 794 27%
Box 2 465 753 61%
Box 5 194 290 66%
Box 15 74 914 9%
Box 18 3 192 1%
Box 27 350 350 100%
Box 29 17 122 13%
Box 30 1 193 1%
Box 31 16 302 5%
Box 34 37 398 9%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 31 418 7%
Box 37 29 487 5%
Box 38 59 424 13%
Box 39 10 282 3%
Box 41 81 528 14%
Box 42 76 910 8%
Box 44 52 201 25%
Box 50 165 198 82%
Box 51 377 940 40%
Box 57 18 420 4%
Box 62 57 565 10%
Box 63 75 345 21%
Box 70 301 350 86%
Box 71 663 663 100%
Box 72 613 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 100%
Box 79 199 199 100%
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 124 296 41%
Box 98 220 499 44%
Box 100 190 422 42%
Box 107 500 538 92%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 501 864 57%
Box 117 357 853 41%
Box 118 240 880 27%
Box 119 509 990 51%
Box 120 15 686 2%
Box 121 132 526 24%
Box 122 301 717 41%
Box 123 14 443 3%
Box 139 40 40 100%
Box 150 227 972 23%
Box 169 184 728 25%
Add MSS 537 729 744 97%
Add MSS 538 593 858 69%
Add MSS 539 566 948 59%
Add MSS 541 212 1258 16%
Overall 11,209 26,796 38%

As always, we are enormously grateful to everyone who has taken the time to participate in Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. It is as warmly appreciated as ever.

 

Progress update, 11 to 17 October 2014

By Tim Causer, on 17 October 2014

Welcome along to the Transcribe Bentham progress update for the period 11 to 17 October 2014, during which time further excellent progress has been made by volunteer transcribers.

11,140 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, an increase of 101 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 10,200 (92%) have been checked and approved by Transcribe Bentham staff. The quality of volunteer submissions remains extremely high!

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 218 794 27%
Box 2 465 753 61%
Box 5 193 290 65%
Box 15 74 914 9%
Box 18 3 192 1%
Box 27 350 350 100%
Box 29 17 122 13%
Box 30 1 193 1%
Box 31 16 302 5%
Box 34 37 398 9%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 31 418 7%
Box 37 28 487 5%
Box 38 59 424 13%
Box 39 10 282 3%
Box 41 81 528 14%
Box 42 76 910 8%
Box 44 52 201 25%
Box 50 165 198 82%
Box 51 376 940 40%
Box 57 18 420 4%
Box 62 57 565 10%
Box 63 75 345 21%
Box 70 300 350 85%
Box 71 663 663 100%
Box 72 613 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 100%
Box 79 199 199 100%
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 123 296 41%
Box 98 220 499 44%
Box 100 190 422 42%
Box 107 500 538 92%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 501 864 57%
Box 117 357 853 41%
Box 118 240 880 27%
Box 119 497 990 49%
Box 120 15 686 2%
Box 121 132 526 24%
Box 122 301 717 41%
Box 123 14 443 3%
Box 139 40 40 100%
Box 150 225 972 22%
Box 169 184 728 25%
Add MSS 537 728 744 93%
Add MSS 538 557 858 63%
Add MSS 539 555 948 55%
Add MSS 541 211 1258 16%
Overall 11,140 26,796 38%

Thank you, as always to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last week, and to this tremendous rate of transcription. It remains very much appreciated by us all.

Progress update, 4 to 10 October 2014

By Tim Causer, on 10 October 2014

Welcome to the progress update for the period 4 to 10 October 2014, during which time Transcribe Bentham volunteers have crashed through the 11,000-transcript barrier! Terrific progress continues to be made.

11,039 manuscripts have been transcribed or partially-transcribed by volunteers, which is an increase of 60 on last week’s total. Of these transcripts, 10,130 (91%) 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 1 215 794 27%
Box 2 465 753 61%
Box 5 191 290 65%
Box 15 74 914 9%
Box 18 3 192 1%
Box 27 350 350 100%
Box 29 17 122 13%
Box 30 1 193 1%
Box 31 16 302 5%
Box 34 37 398 9%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 31 418 7%
Box 37 28 487 5%
Box 38 59 424 13%
Box 39 10 282 3%
Box 41 81 528 14%
Box 42 75 910 8%
Box 44 52 201 25%
Box 50 165 198 82%
Box 51 376 940 40%
Box 57 18 420 4%
Box 62 57 565 10%
Box 63 74 345 21%
Box 70 300 350 85%
Box 71 663 663 100%
Box 72 613 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 100%
Box 79 199 199 100%
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 123 296 41%
Box 98 220 499 44%
Box 100 190 422 42%
Box 107 500 538 92%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 501 864 57%
Box 117 357 853 41%
Box 118 240 880 27%
Box 119 490 990 49%
Box 120 15 686 2%
Box 121 132 526 24%
Box 122 301 717 41%
Box 123 14 443 3%
Box 139 40 40 100%
Box 150 221 972 22%
Box 169 184 728 25%
Add MSS 537 693 744 93%
Add MSS 538 542 858 63%
Add MSS 539 522 948 55%
Add MSS 541 211 1258 16%
Overall 11,039 26,796 38%

Thank you, as always to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last week, and to this tremendous rate of transcription. It remains very much appreciated by us all.

Progress update, 26 September to 3 October 2014, and a new publication

By Tim Causer, on 3 October 2014

Welcome along to the progress update for the period 26 September to 3 October 2014, during which time further terrific progress has been made by Transcribe Bentham volunteers, who achieved another landmark: the 10,000th transcript was this week locked!

Volunteers have now transcribed or partially transcribed 10,979 manuscripts, which is an increase of 89 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 10,046 (91%) have been approved by TB staff after checking. This is another tremendous achievement by transcribers.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 212 794 26%
Box 2 465 753 61%
Box 5 187 290 64%
Box 15 74 914 9%
Box 18 3 192 1%
Box 27 350 350 100%
Box 29 17 122 13%
Box 30 1 193 1%
Box 31 16 302 5%
Box 34 36 398 9%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 31 418 7%
Box 37 28 487 5%
Box 38 58 424 13%
Box 39 9 282 3%
Box 41 81 528 14%
Box 42 75 910 8%
Box 44 52 201 25%
Box 50 165 198 82%
Box 51 375 940 39%
Box 57 17 420 4%
Box 62 56 565 9%
Box 63 73 345 21%
Box 70 300 350 85%
Box 71 663 663 100%
Box 72 613 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 100%
Box 79 199 199 100%
Box 95 124 147 84%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 123 296 41%
Box 98 219 499 43%
Box 100 190 422 42%
Box 107 500 538 92%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 501 864 57%
Box 117 356 853 41%
Box 118 236 880 26%
Box 119 483 990 48%
Box 120 15 686 2%
Box 121 131 526 23%
Box 122 300 717 41%
Box 123 14 443 3%
Box 139 40 40 100%
Box 150 220 972 22%
Box 169 184 728 25%
Add MSS 537 692 744 93%
Add MSS 538 535 858 62%
Add MSS 539 505 948 53%
Add MSS 541 207 1258 16%
Overall 10,979 26,796 38%

Earlier this week, ‘”Many hands make light work, many hands together make merry work”: Transcribe Bentham and crowdsourcing manuscript collections’ by Tim Causer and Melissa Terras was published in Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage, edited by Mia Ridge. The book features eight case studies of crowdsourcing projects and four theoretical essays and, we think, will become a standard work for those interested in crowdsourcing, or who want to launch their own such project.

Our contribution is our latest discussion of TB, and provides a history of the project, the contributions of volunteers, the work of the tranScriptorium project, quality control, and the impact of the project. Thanks to Ashgate, the book’s publishers, the chapter can be downloaded for free from UCL Discovery. Since the chapter was written, of course, the rate of transcription has increased dramatically – but that’s for our next publication…

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has given their time and effort to TB during the last seven days – it remains as greatly appreciated as always.

Progress update, 20 to 26 September 2014

By Tim Causer, on 26 September 2014

Welcome along to the progress update for the period 20 to 26 September 2014, during which time further steady progress has been made by Transcribe Bentham volunteers.

10,890 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 37 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 9,967 (92%) 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 1 211 794 26%
Box 2 465 753 61%
Box 5 186 290 64%
Box 15 70 914 8%
Box 18 2 192 1%
Box 27 350 350 100%
Box 29 17 122 13%
Box 30 0 193 0%
Box 31 14 302 4%
Box 34 36 398 9%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 31 418 7%
Box 37 27 487 5%
Box 38 58 424 13%
Box 39 9 282 3%
Box 41 81 528 14%
Box 42 75 910 8%
Box 44 52 201 25%
Box 50 160 198 80%
Box 51 374 940 39%
Box 57 17 420 4%
Box 62 56 565 9%
Box 63 73 345 21%
Box 70 300 350 85%
Box 71 663 663 100%
Box 72 613 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 100%
Box 79 199 199 100%
Box 95 124 147 84%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 118 296 39%
Box 98 219 499 43%
Box 100 190 422 42%
Box 107 499 538 92%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 500 864 57%
Box 117 355 853 41%
Box 118 233 880 26%
Box 119 481 990 48%
Box 120 11 686 1%
Box 121 131 526 23%
Box 122 300 717 41%
Box 123 14 443 3%
Box 139 40 40 100%
Box 150 219 972 22%
Box 169 184 728 25%
Add MSS 537 692 744 93%
Add MSS 538 528 858 61%
Add MSS 539 475 948 50%
Add MSS 541 191 1258 15%
Overall 10,890 26,796 38%

In one transcribed manuscript, Bentham proves himself to have been ahead of time once again: in 1825, working on his ‘Constitutional Code’, Bentham argued that ‘When both sexes are meant to be intended, employ not the word man – but the word person.’ Many thanks to volunteer Keith Thompson for transcribing this one.

As always, thanks again to everyone who has given their time so generously to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. It remains as warmly appreciated as ever.