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Progress Update 4th June to 10th June 2016

By Louise Seaward, on 10 June 2016

Hey everyone, here is our progress update for the week.  Thank you to all of our transcribers this week for working so hard.

16,082 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 58 on last week’s total.  Of these transcripts, 15,246 (94%) have been checked and approved by TB staff.

The more detailed progress chart is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 394 795 49%
Box 2 590 753 78%
Box 4 10 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 4 169 2%
Box 8 18 284 6%
Box 9 47 266 17%
Box 10 1 459 1%
Box 11 9 480 1%
Box 15 86 814 10%
Box 18 4 193 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 4 193 2%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 34 40 399 10%
Box 35 287 439 65%
Box 36 37 419 8%
Box 37 36 487 7%
Box 38 172 427 40%
Box 39 12 284 4%
Box 41 87 572 15%
Box 42 92 910 10%
Box 44 53 202 26%
Box 50 176 198 88%
Box 51 386 940 41%
Box 57 19 420 4%
Box 62 78 565 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 87 2 604 1%
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 145 296 48%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 209 442 47%
Box 106 235 581 40%
Box 107 503 538 93%
Box 110 15 671 2%
Box 115 277 307 90%
Box 116 784 865 90%
Box 117 453 853 53%
Box 118 258 880 29%
Box 119 538 990 54%
Box 120 191 686 27%
Box 121 146 526 27%
Box 122 306 728 42%
Box 123 45 443 10%
Box 124 16 383 4%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 88 381 23%
Box 149 46 581 7%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 195 728 26%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 821 858 95%
Add MS 35539 882 948 93%
Add MS 35540 948 1012 93%
Add MS 35541 983 1258 78%
Add MS 35547 31 701 4%
Add MS 35549 6 366 1%
Add MS 35550 12 637 1%
Overall 16,082 35,002 45%

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.

Box 150: monthly update from Dr Michael Quinn

By Tim Causer, on 29 April 2015

Below is an update from Dr Michael Quinn, on how your transcripts of Box 150 manuscripts are helping in his editing of a volume of Bentham’s Collected Works.

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My esteemed special constables,

I am delighted to report that we now have a corrected transcript of the complete text of Bentham’s Police Bill, and that work on editing it has commenced. Between ourselves, it’s not JB at his most fluent, but, given his laceration of the drafting of legislation previous to his entry upon the task, it is fascinating to see him attempting to instill the virtues of cognoscibility and clarity without making such revolutionary changes to the rules of Parliamentary draughtsmanship that the people he needs to convince will simply not recognize it as a draft Bill.

Even when limited by these constraints, Bentham reveals some aspects of his thought which are currently causing some ripple in the Bentham studies pond. Thus, one interesting question concerns the degree to which Bentham seeks to manipulate public opinion rather than convince it by strict rational argumentation. Here he is at UC cl. 279v (or JB/150/279/002 as is on TB) transcribed by volunteer Mary Foutz, musing on the possibility that the Police Gazette envisaged by the Bill, a government publication disseminating information on the incidence of crime and the pursuit of offenders, a sort of ‘Crime Watch monthly’, might also help with the unconscious formation of opinion. The emphasis is added:

 

            ‘But the sort of Sermon which might be practised, and practised without ceasing in the Police Gazette, this unannounced and unsuspected Sermon, cautiously, sparingly, and in a manner imperceptibly though at the same time unremittingly insinuated into a publication composed principally and to appearance exclusively of that sort of matter which, so long as man is man, can never lose or so much as relax its hold upon the affections—especially of those otherwise untutored minds, for whose direction it is more especially designed—there would be neither end nor limit to its influence.’

‘Unannounced and unsuspected’, ‘imperceptibly’, ‘insinuated’? Definitely issues for ‘Transparency Bentham’ there.

I have now begun checking the transcripts for Bentham’s ‘Observations’ on the Bill, in which I hope the lifting of the stylistic constraints mentioned above will liberate his pen. The signs are encouraging: already (UC cl. 434, or JB/150/434/001 as is on TB , transcribed by volunteer Keith Thompson) Bentham has contrasted ‘abstract utility’ with ‘precedent’, which got me quite excited (sad, I know!). Keep up the good work!

More soon,

Michael

Progress update, 21 to 27 February 2015

By Tim Causer, on 2 March 2015

Welcome along to the progress update for the period 21 to 27 February 2015 – please do accept my apologies for its delayed appearance. This was caused by our attendance in Luxembourg at the annual review for the tranScriptorium project in which we are participating. I’m glad to say that the progress which tS made this year was rated ‘excellent’ by the reviewers. Do watch out for news in the coming weeks about the launch of a transcription platform which incorporates the Handwritten Text Recognition technology developed by the tS team….

12,553 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 97 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 11,264 (90%) have been checked and accepted 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 1 248 794 31%
Box 2 470 753 62%
Box 4 2 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 0 167 0%
Box 8 5 284 1%
Box 9 41 266 15%
Box 15 77 914 9%
Box 18 4 192 2%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 1 193 1%
Box 31 18 302 6%
Box 34 39 398 9%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 34 418 8%
Box 37 31 487 6%
Box 38 82 424 19%
Box 39 11 282 3%
Box 41 85 528 14%
Box 42 88 910 9%
Box 44 53 201 26%
Box 50 169 198 84%
Box 51 380 940 40%
Box 57 18 420 4%
Box 62 57 565 10%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 306 350 87%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 613 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 136 296 45%
Box 98 221 499 44%
Box 100 194 422 43%
Box 106 56 581 9%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 505 864 58%
Box 117 365 853 42%
Box 118 253 880 28%
Box 119 535 990 54%
Box 120 27 686 3%
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 2 381 1%
Box 149 5 581 1%
Box 150 559 972 57%
Box 169 189 728 25%
Add MS 537 730 744 98%
Add MS 538 695 858 81%
Add MS 539 834 948 87%
Add MS 540 64 1012 6%
Add MS 541 325 1258 25%
Overall 12,553 31,767 39%

Again, particular thanks to everyone who has contributed transcripts of Box 150 manuscripts this week.

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has donated their time and effort so generously to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. It remains as greatly appreciated as ever.

 

Box 150 update

By Tim Causer, on 19 February 2015

Volunteers working on manuscripts from Box 150 will, do doubt, be mightily relieved to hear that we have updated the list of untranscribed manuscripts from that particular box. This should make it considerably more straightforward to find material to transcribe!

Following on from Dr Michael Quinn’s note of thanks and discussion of the importance of this material, he is particularly interested in the following manuscripts:

  • Folios 233-64
  • Folios 266-79
  • Folios 283-9
  • Folios 428-561
  • Folios 574-640
  • Folios 642-99
  • Folios 701-17

If you are considering whether to work on Box 150 manuscripts, help with these manuscripts would be enormously appreciated!