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.

Progress updated, 30 August to 19 September 2014

By Tim Causer, on 22 September 2014

Welcome along to a rather belated progress update, covering the period 30 August to 19 September 2014. Firstly, many apologies for the break in the updates, caused by my absence while attending a tranScriptorium project meeting, and then being on leave.

During this period, further excellent progress has been made by Transcribe Bentham volunteers: 10,853 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 196 since the last progress update. Of these transcripts, 9,883 (91%) have been checked by TB staff and approved. This figure has increased by 281 since the last progress update, so we are making progress on catching up with the backlog of submitted transcripts – thank you again for your patience.
The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 208 794 26%
Box 2 465 753 61%
Box 5 181 290 62%
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 8 282 2%
Box 41 81 528 14%
Box 42 74 910 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 70 298 350 85%
Box 71 663 663 100%
Box 72 613 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 100%
Box 79 199 199 100%
Box 95 124 147 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 117 353 853 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 13 443 2%
Box 139 40 40 100%
Box 150 217 972 22%
Box 169 184 728 25%
Add MSS 537 692 744 93%
Add MSS 538 526 858 61%
Add MSS 539 460 948 48%
Add MSS 541 188 1258 14%
Overall 10,853 26,796 38%

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last couple of weeks. It remains as greatly appreciated as ever, and thank you for your patience. Normal service has now resumed!

Progress update, 23 to 29 August 2014

By Tim Causer, on 29 August 2014

Welcome along to the progress update for the period 23 to 29 August 2014, during which time further excellent progress has been made by Transcribe Bentham volunteers. We would like to thank you all again for your patience while we were attending the International Society for Utilitarian Studies conference in Yokohama last week, and while we work our way through submissions.

10,657 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 75 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 9,602 (92%) have been approved after checking by TB staff – the standard of work submitted by volunteers continues to be of a tremendously high standard.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 203 794 25%
Box 2 465 753 61%
Box 5 172 290 59%
Box 15 69 914 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 56 424 13%
Box 39 8 282 2%
Box 41 80 528 13%
Box 42 74 910 8%
Box 44 52 201 25%
Box 50 159 198 79%
Box 51 374 940 39%
Box 57 17 420 4%
Box 62 55 565 9%
Box 63 21 345 6%
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 95 124 147 84%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 116 296 39%
Box 98 219 499 43%
Box 100 190 422 42%
Box 107 497 538 92%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 499 864 57%
Box 117 352 853 41%
Box 118 231 880 26%
Box 119 466 990 47%
Box 120 8 686 1%
Box 121 130 526 23%
Box 122 300 717 41%
Box 123 8 443 1%
Box 139 40 40 100%
Box 150 214 972 22%
Box 169 183 728 25%
Add MSS 537 691 744 92%
Add MSS 538 494 858 57%
Add MSS 539 413 948 43%
Add MSS 541 180 1258 14%
Overall 10,657 26,796 38%

A number of boxes continue to head towards completion, with Box 537 now being virtually finished – once we work through submissions, it should just about be there. Fantastic!

This week, we also say goodbye to another TB friend and colleague, Dr Kris Grint, who is to take up the post of the Michael Bentley Research Fellow in the School of History, at the University of St Andrews. Kris has been integral to the success of Transcribe Bentham over the last eighteen months, helping to see through the implementation of the upgraded transcription interface, checking volunteer submissions, and in promoting the work of the project. His entry for the British Library’s Untold Lives blog, for example, was vital in discussing the availability of the first batch of Bentham Family correspondence to be uploaded for transcription, and helped to attract a number of new volunteers. And this is all without mentioning his fantastic work on the connected tranScriptorium project, and in enabling the publication of electronic editions via the Bentham Project website. I know a number of TB volunteers have spoken to Kris about TB, and hope you will join us in wishing him all the very best in his new position. We will certainly miss him.

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. Your contributions remain as greatly appreciated as ever by us all.

Progress update, 16 to 22 August 2014

By Tim Causer, on 23 August 2014

Welcome along to the progress update for the period 16 to 22 August, which is both slightly late and truncated owing to our attendance at the 2014 International Society for Utilitarian Studies conference in Yokohama. Many apologies for the inconvenience.

We are delighted to say that transcription has continued at a fantastic rate, with 10,582 manuscripts now transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 167 on this time last week. This is tremendous work by TB volunteers, and ISUS delegates repeatedly told us how amazed they were by this progress. We will continue to spread the word in the coming days, as we give presentations on TB and tranScriptorium at universities in Tokyo.

Thanks you, as ever, to everyone who has given their time so generously to TB during the last seven days. We continue to work hard to clear the backlog of submitted transcripts, and hope you won’t mind bearing with us a little longer.

Progress update, 9 to 15 August 2014

By Tim Causer, on 15 August 2014

Welcome to the progress update for the period 9 to 15 August 2014, during which time I’m glad to report that further terrific progress has been made by TB volunteers.

10,415 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 103 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, a fantastic 9,519 (92%) have been approved after checking 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 1 192 794 24%
Box 2 465 753 61%
Box 5 172 290 59%
Box 15 63 914 7%
Box 18 2 192 1%
Box 27 350 350 100%
Box 29 16 122 13%
Box 30 0 193 0%
Box 31 14 302 4%
Box 34 35 398 8%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 28 418 6%
Box 37 23 487 4%
Box 38 53 424 12%
Box 39 8 282 2%
Box 41 80 528 13%
Box 42 71 910 7%
Box 44 52 201 25%
Box 50 159 198 79%
Box 51 373 940 39%
Box 57 16 420 3%
Box 62 55 565 9%
Box 63 14 345 4%
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 95 124 147 84%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 115 296 38%
Box 98 219 499 43%
Box 100 190 422 42%
Box 107 497 538 92%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 499 864 57%
Box 117 349 853 40%
Box 118 226 880 25%
Box 119 405 990 40%
Box 120 0 686 0%
Box 121 130 526 23%
Box 122 298 717 40%
Box 123 3 443 0%
Box 139 40 40 100%
Box 150 207 972 21%
Box 169 181 728 24%
Add MSS 537 664 744 89%
Add MSS 538 458 858 53%
Add MSS 539 404 948 42%
Add MSS 541 145 1258 11%
Overall 10,415 26,747 39%

A number of boxes – 70, 72, 95, 96, 115, and 537 – are now hurtling towards completion.

Bentham Project staff will be attending the 13th International Society for Utilitarian Studies conference in Yokohama next week, and will then give presentations about TB and our work on the tranScriptorium initiative. Transcripts will continue to be checked during this time, and a progress update will be issued, but it may take longer than usual for us to reply to emails. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience which this may cause.

In the meantime, thank you, as always, to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. It remains as warmly appreciated as ever!