New material to transcribe: political fallacies and mathematics

By Louise Seaward, on 5 January 2017

Did anyone make a new year’s resolution to learn more about philosophy and improve their paleography skills?  As always, we’re here to help!

There are now 75 boxes of material written by Jeremy Bentham available at our online Transcription Desk.  We have kicked off the new year by uploading two new boxes of papers – ready for volunteers to read and transcribe.

Boxes 104 and 135 are the latest boxes and they contain 1,073 images in total.  These documents concern vastly different subjects – Bentham’s views on mathematics and politics.  Bentham proposed new methods of teaching mathematics and also attacked the misleading arguments used by British politicians in parliament.

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Process of Teaching Arithmetic & Algebra to Children (1830), UCL Special Collections, Bentham Papers, cxxxv, fo. 90 (Image courtesy of UCL Special Collections)

More information on the contents of each of these boxes and access to the manuscripts can be found on the following pages:

Box 104 – political fallacies

Box 135 – mathematics

Users can also view pages from these boxes through the Untranscribed Manuscripts page.

Best of luck to anyone who decides to work on these new documents!  Please feel free to contact us with any queries.

Progress Update – 24 to 30 December 2016

By Louise Seaward, on 30 December 2016

Hello!  We’re here with the latest statistics for the past week.  Our volunteers have kept transcribing steadily over the Christmas period – and we owe them a huge thanks for their efforts.  Hopefully, they’ve also found time to eat a few mince pies too!

17,410 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 21 on last week’s total.  Of these transcripts, 16,341 (93%) 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 1 650 795 81%
Box 2 721 753 95%
Box 4 37 694 5%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 5 169 2%
Box 8 21 284 7%
Box 9 47 266 17%
Box 10 115 459 25%
Box 11 12 480 2%
Box 12 144 615 23%
Box 14 4 514 1%
Box 15 86 814 10%
Box 16 10 254 3%
Box 18 62 193 32%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 4 193 2%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 32 0 160 0%
Box 34 40 399 10%
Box 35 287 439 65%
Box 36 37 419 8%
Box 37 36 487 7%
Box 38 184 427 43%
Box 39 12 284 4%
Box 41 87 572 15%
Box 42 92 910 10%
Box 44 53 202 26%
Box 47 0 466 0%
Box 50 178 198 89%
Box 51 386 940 41%
Box 52 1 609 1%
Box 57 19 420 4%
Box 62 78 565 13%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 308 350 88%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 614 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 75 0 77 0%
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 87 2 604 1%
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 148 296 50%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 212 442 47%
Box 106 235 581 40%
Box 107 505 538 93%
Box 110 15 671 2%
Box 115 277 307 90%
Box 116 794 865 91%
Box 117 495 853 58%
Box 118 258 880 29%
Box 119 540 990 54%
Box 120 535 686 77%
Box 121 150 526 28%
Box 122 309 728 42%
Box 123 45 443 10%
Box 124 17 383 4%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 94 381 24%
Box 149 87 581 14%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 197 728 27%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 824 858 96%
Add MS 35539 882 948 93%
Add MS 35540 947 1012 93%
Add MS 35541 986 1258 78%
Add MS 35547 32 701 4%
Add MS 35549 24 366 6%
Add MS 35550 85 637 13%
Overall 17,410 37,697 46%

Progress Update – 17 to 23 December 2016

By Louise Seaward, on 24 December 2016

Happy Christmas one and all!  We’re here with the last statistics update before the big day.  A big thanks goes out to our volunteers who have been forging ahead with their transcriptions over the past week.

17,389 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 47 on last week’s total.  Of these transcripts, 16,309 (93%) 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 1 640 795 80%
Box 2 720 753 95%
Box 4 37 694 5%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 5 169 2%
Box 8 21 284 7%
Box 9 47 266 17%
Box 10 115 459 25%
Box 11 12 480 2%
Box 12 143 615 23%
Box 14 4 514 1%
Box 15 86 814 10%
Box 16 10 254 3%
Box 18 58 193 30%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 4 193 2%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 32 0 160 0%
Box 34 40 399 10%
Box 35 287 439 65%
Box 36 37 419 8%
Box 37 36 487 7%
Box 38 182 427 42%
Box 39 12 284 4%
Box 41 87 572 15%
Box 42 92 910 10%
Box 44 53 202 26%
Box 47 0 466 0%
Box 50 178 198 89%
Box 51 386 940 41%
Box 52 1 609 1%
Box 57 19 420 4%
Box 62 78 565 13%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 308 350 88%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 614 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 75 0 77 0%
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 87 2 604 1%
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 148 296 50%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 212 442 47%
Box 106 235 581 40%
Box 107 503 538 93%
Box 110 15 671 2%
Box 115 277 307 90%
Box 116 794 865 91%
Box 117 495 853 58%
Box 118 258 880 29%
Box 119 540 990 54%
Box 120 535 686 77%
Box 121 150 526 28%
Box 122 309 728 42%
Box 123 45 443 10%
Box 124 17 383 4%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 94 381 24%
Box 149 87 581 14%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 197 728 27%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 824 858 96%
Add MS 35539 882 948 93%
Add MS 35540 947 1012 93%
Add MS 35541 986 1258 78%
Add MS 35547 32 701 4%
Add MS 35549 24 366 6%
Add MS 35550 84 637 13%
Overall 17,389 37,697 46%

UCL Christmas Closure

By Louise Seaward, on 22 December 2016

As you might have noticed, Christmas is nearly upon us!  We’ve had another great year at Transcribe Bentham. Our volunteers continue to devote care and attention to their transcriptions and have worked on more than 2,500 manuscript pages over the past 12 months.  We have also been experimenting with new technology through our participation in the READ project, which is teaching computers to read handwritten historical documents.

The Transcription  Desk will remain available over the break but it will be largely unstaffed after 5pm (GMT) on Friday 23 December until Tuesday 4 January.  Transcripts submitted after  23 December will not be checked until the New Year.

As ever, we owe a huge thanks to our volunteer transcribers – Transcribe Bentham would be nothing without you!  All the best for the festive period and see you in 2017!

Progress Update – 10 to 16 December 2016

By Louise Seaward, on 16 December 2016

Hi everyone!  We’re here to give an update on the transcribers’ progress over the past week. We need to take this moment to say thanks to all our volunteers for their hard work.

17,342 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 38 on last week’s total.  Of these transcripts, 16,215 (93%) 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 1 630 795 79%
Box 2 719 753 95%
Box 4 33 694 4%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 5 169 2%
Box 8 21 284 7%
Box 9 47 266 17%
Box 10 115 459 25%
Box 11 12 480 2%
Box 12 129 615 20%
Box 14 4 514 1%
Box 15 86 814 10%
Box 16 10 254 3%
Box 18 56 193 29%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 4 193 2%
Box 31 19 302 6%
Box 32 0 160 0%
Box 34 40 399 10%
Box 35 287 439 65%
Box 36 37 419 8%
Box 37 36 487 7%
Box 38 182 427 42%
Box 39 12 284 4%
Box 41 87 572 15%
Box 42 92 910 10%
Box 44 53 202 26%
Box 47 0 466 0%
Box 50 178 198 89%
Box 51 386 940 41%
Box 52 1 609 1%
Box 57 19 420 4%
Box 62 78 565 13%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 308 350 88%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 614 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 75 0 77 0%
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 87 2 604 1%
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 148 296 50%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 212 442 47%
Box 106 235 581 40%
Box 107 503 538 93%
Box 110 15 671 2%
Box 115 277 307 90%
Box 116 794 865 91%
Box 117 492 853 57%
Box 118 258 880 29%
Box 119 540 990 54%
Box 120 522 686 75%
Box 121 150 526 28%
Box 122 309 728 42%
Box 123 45 443 10%
Box 124 17 383 4%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 94 381 24%
Box 149 87 581 14%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 197 728 27%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 824 858 96%
Add MS 35539 882 948 93%
Add MS 35540 947 1012 93%
Add MS 35541 986 1258 78%
Add MS 35547 32 701 4%
Add MS 35549 24 366 6%
Add MS 35550 84 637 13%
Overall 17,342 37,697 46%