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Progress update, 12 to 18 July 2014

By Tim Causer, on 18 July 2014

Welcome along to the progress update for the period 12 to 18 July 2014, during which time further tremendous progress has been made by volunteers: the 10,000th transcript will be edited next week! We continue to make headway into the backlog of transcripts and once again thank everyone for their patience.

9,934 transcripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is 126 up on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 9,168 (92%) have been checked and approved by TB editors.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 153 794 19%
Box 2 465 753 61%
Box 5 168 290 57%
Box 15 56 914 6%
Box 18 2 192 1%
Box 27 350 350 100%
Box 29 13 122 10%
Box 31 12 302 3%
Box 34 33 398 8%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 25 418 5%
Box 37 20 487 4%
Box 38 49 424 11%
Box 39 8 282 2%
Box 41 77 528 13%
Box 42 69 910 7%
Box 44 52 201 25%
Box 50 159 198 79%
Box 51 373 940 39%
Box 57 14 420 3%
Box 62 55 565 9%
Box 70 298 350 85%
Box 71 663 663 100%
Box 72 613 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 100%
Box 79 199 199 100%
Box 95 123 147 83%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 115 296 38%
Box 98 219 499 43%
Box 100 188 422 42%
Box 107 485 538 90%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 499 864 57%
Box 117 338 853 39%
Box 118 212 880 24%
Box 119 347 990 35%
Box 121 130 526 23%
Box 122 292 717 40%
Box 139 40 40 100%
Box 150 181 972 18%
Box 169 176 728 24%
Add MSS 537 562 744 75%
Add MSS 538 368 858 42%
Add MSS 539 395 948 41%
Add MSS 541 91 1258 7%
Overall 9,934 25,139 40%

You can read about the love lives of Jeremiah and Jeremy Bentham – some of the material which volunteers have transcribed – via the British Library’s Untold Lives blog.

As mentioned elsewhere on the blog, on 23 July we will be hosting a focus-group on Handwritten Text Recognition software, and its implementation into a crowdsourcing platform. If you would be interested in coming along, please email Dr Kris Grint (k.grint@ucl.ac.uk), with your name, institution (if applicable), and any dietary requirements (as lunch will be provided).

Thank you, as ever, to TB‘s fantastic volunteers for all their contributions during the last week. It remains as greatly appreciated as ever. We look forward to marking the auspicious occasion of our 10,000th transcript next week!

 

Progress update, 5 to 11 July 2014

By Tim Causer, on 11 July 2014

Welcome along to the TB progress update for the period 5 to 11 July 2014, during which time further superb progress has been made by volunteers: we are now almost within touching distance of receiving our 10,000th edited transcript, and at the current rate, this amazing milestone will be reached within two weeks. We have also made excellent headway into the backlog of transcripts, and thanks once again for bearing with us while we work through them.

9,808 transcripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is up 134 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 9,008 (92%) have been checked and approved by TB editors.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 139 794 17%
Box 2 465 753 61%
Box 5 167 290 57%
Box 15 55 914 6%
Box 18 2 192 1%
Box 27 350 350 100%
Box 29 12 122 9%
Box 31 12 302 3%
Box 34 31 398 7%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 23 418 5%
Box 37 19 487 3%
Box 38 48 424 11%
Box 39 8 282 2%
Box 41 77 528 13%
Box 42 69 910 7%
Box 44 52 201 25%
Box 50 159 198 79%
Box 51 373 940 39%
Box 57 14 420 3%
Box 62 55 565 9%
Box 70 298 350 85%
Box 71 663 663 100%
Box 72 613 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 100%
Box 79 199 199 100%
Box 95 123 147 83%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 114 296 38%
Box 98 218 499 43%
Box 100 188 422 42%
Box 107 483 538 89%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 499 864 57%
Box 117 331 853 38%
Box 118 210 880 23%
Box 119 332 990 33%
Box 121 129 526 23%
Box 122 291 717 39%
Box 139 40 40 100%
Box 150 167 972 17%
Box 169 173 728 23%
Add MSS 537 549 744 73%
Add MSS 538 357 858 41%
Add MSS 539 390 948 41%
Add MSS 541 64 1258 5%
Overall 9,808 25,139 40%

As mentioned elsewhere on the blog, on 23 July we will be hosting a focus-group on Handwritten Text Recognition software, and its implementation into a crowdsourcing platform. If you would be interested in coming along, please email Dr Kris Grint (k.grint@ucl.ac.uk), with your name, institution (if applicable), and any dietary requirements (as lunch will be provided).

Thank you, as always, to TB‘s fantastic volunteers for all their contributions during the last week. It remains as greatly appreciated as ever.

Progress update, 28 June to 4 July 2014

By Tim Causer, on 4 July 2014

Welcome along to the progress update for the period 28 June to 4 July, during which time TB volunteers have continued to make phenomenal progress.

9,674 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 119 on last week’s total. Of these transcripts, 8,895 (92%)are now complete and have been approved, up 256 on this time last week. We continue to close in on the 10,000th edited transcript, and are continuing to thin down the backlog of submitted transcripts – thanks again to all volunteers for bearing with us while we work through them.
The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 126 794 15%
Box 2 465 753 61%
Box 5 167 290 57%
Box 15 53 914 6%
Box 18 2 192 1%
Box 27 350 350 100%
Box 29 12 122 9%
Box 31 11 302 3%
Box 34 29 398 7%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 21 418 2%
Box 37 16 487 3%
Box 38 47 424 11%
Box 39 8 282 2%
Box 41 77 528 13%
Box 42 69 910 7%
Box 44 52 201 25%
Box 50 159 198 79%
Box 51 373 940 39%
Box 57 13 420 3%
Box 62 55 565 9%
Box 70 298 350 85%
Box 71 663 663 100%
Box 72 613 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 100%
Box 79 199 199 100%
Box 95 123 147 83%
Box 96 537 539 99%
Box 97 113 296 38%
Box 98 218 499 43%
Box 100 188 422 42%
Box 107 481 538 89%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 499 864 57%
Box 117 329 853 38%
Box 118 204 880 23%
Box 119 321 990 23%
Box 121 129 526 23%
Box 122 289 717 39%
Box 139 40 40 100%
Box 150 163 972 16%
Box 169 170 728 23%
Add MSS 537 546 744 73%
Add MSS 538 327 858 38%
Add MSS 539 386 948 40%
Add MSS 541 20 1258 1%
Overall 9,674 25,139 40%

This week, another batch of the British Library’s Bentham manuscripts were uploaded to the Transcription Desk, this time containing Bentham family correspondence for the period 1789 to 1794.  This time was dominated by the start of Bentham’s attempts to have his panopticon prison built, though elsewhere he wrote about the events of the French Revolution, and produced perhaps his most well-known work, An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation. You can read a fuller description of this material, and access the other available British Library manuscripts as well. Another batch will follow shortly, which will feature Jeremy’s long and dangerous journey to Russia to visit his brother, Samuel. (Thanks to our colleagues at the Digital Archives group of the University of London Computer Centre for getting this material uploaded). We hope that you enjoy exploring these manuscripts!

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has given their time so generously to TB during the past week. It remains as greatly appreciated as always.

Progress update, 21 to 27 June 2014

By Tim Causer, on 27 June 2014

Welcome along to the progress update for the period 21 to 27 June 2014, which has been another mammoth week of transcription – the second busiest week, in fact, in TB history! Thank you to all who’ve contributed this week, and for continuing to bear with us while we work through our backlog of transcripts – we’re getting there.

9,555 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 227 on last week’s total. Of these transcripts, 8,639 (90%) are now locked after being checked by TB editors. The completion percentage should increase in the next couple of weeks when we catch up with transcripts which need to be checked.
The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 114 794 14%
Box 2 465 753 61%
Box 5 166 290 57%
Box 15 51 914 6%
Box 18 2 192 1%
Box 27 350 350 100%
Box 29 12 122 9%
Box 31 11 302 3%
Box 34 29 398 7%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 21 418 5%
Box 37 15 487 3%
Box 38 47 424 11%
Box 39 6 282 2%
Box 41 77 528 13%
Box 42 69 910 7%
Box 44 51 201 25%
Box 50 159 198 79%
Box 51 372 940 39%
Box 57 12 420 2%
Box 62 55 565 10%
Box 70 298 350 85%
Box 71 663 663 100%
Box 72 613 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 100%
Box 79 199 199 100%
Box 95 123 147 83%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 111 296 37%
Box 98 218 499 43%
Box 100 188 422 42%
Box 107 481 538 89%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 499 864 57%
Box 117 325 853 38%
Box 118 195 880 22%
Box 119 316 990 31%
Box 121 129 526 23%
Box 122 288 717 39%
Box 139 40 40 100%
Box 150 112 972 15%
Box 169 169 728 23%
Add MSS 537 544 744 73%
Add MSS 538 303 858 35%
Add MSS 539 376 948 39%
Overall 9,555 23,881 40%

At the current rate of transcription, the 10,000th transcript should be worked on in the next two or three weeks. We never imagined, when first conceiving of TB, that this figure would be reached so soon. It will certainly be a cause for celebration!

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has contributed to TB during the past seven days. It is as greatly appreciated as ever.

 

Progress update, 14 to 20 June 2014

By Tim Causer, on 20 June 2014

Welcome along to the progress update for the period 14 to 20 June 2014, which has seen volunteers continue to transcribe at a tremendous rate.

9,328 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 164 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 8,484 (90%) have passed our quality-control process, up 167 since last Friday. The completion rate has dropped a little in the last few weeks, as we continue to work our way through the rather large backlog of transcripts submitted during the last few weeks. We’re getting there and thank volunteers for their patience and bearing with us while we catch up. Many apologies for the delay in getting round to transcripts.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 105 794 13%
Box 2 465 753 61%
Box 5 163 290 56%
Box 15 45 914 5%
Box 18 2 192 1%
Box 27 350 350 100%
Box 29 7 122 5%
Box 31 10 302 3%
Box 34 23 398 5%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 20 418 4%
Box 37 14 487 2%
Box 38 42 424 9%
Box 39 5 282 1%
Box 41 77 528 13%
Box 42 67 910 7%
Box 44 50 201 24%
Box 50 159 198 79%
Box 51 372 940 39%
Box 57 11 420 2%
Box 62 55 565 10%
Box 70 295 350 84%
Box 71 663 663 100%
Box 72 612 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 100%
Box 79 199 199 100%
Box 95 123 147 83%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 111 296 37%
Box 98 218 499 43%
Box 100 183 422 41%
Box 107 498 538 89%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 498 864 57%
Box 117 312 853 36%
Box 118 181 880 20%
Box 119 283 990 28%
Box 121 125 526 22%
Box 122 286 717 39%
Box 139 40 40 100%
Box 150 118 972 12%
Box 169 161 728 22%
Add MSS 537 532 744 71%
Add MSS 538 249 858 29%
Add MSS 539 371 948 39%
Overall 9,328 23,881 38%

Dr Michael Quinn, Senior Research Associate at the Bentham Project, is preparing the authoritative edition of Bentham’s economic writings for publication in the Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham. Dr Quinn is currently working on manuscripts in boxes 1, 2 and 150. Boxes 1 and 2 contain Bentham’s ideas on political economy, whilst Box 150 focuses on preventive police (more specifically the Thames Police Bill, which Bentham drew up in conjunction with the magistrate, Patrick Colquhoun). Dr Quinn (and the rest of us!) would be particularly grateful if volunteers chose to direct some attention towards manuscripts from these boxes.

As we mentioned last week, on 1 July the TB editorial team will be holding a focus group at UCL to discuss the application of handwritten text recognition technology to Bentham’s manuscripts, as part of our work on the tranScriptorium project. Any interested parties are warmly invited to attend, and lunch will be provided. For more details, please see this link or email k.grint@ucl.ac.uk.

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has so generously given their time to Transcribe Bentham during the last week. It is as greatly appreciated as ever.

 

Assistance from TB volunteers in completing the transcription of these three boxes would be gratefully received. Full acknowledgement in the resulting published volume will be given to the transcribers of manuscripts used.