Progress update, 2 to 8 January 2016

By Louise Seaward, on 8 January 2016

Happy New Year from everyone at the Bentham Project!

As my colleague Tim Causer announced in a previous blog, he has just started a new project on Bentham’s writings on the practice of transporting convicts to Australia. With Tim concentrating on his research, I am happy to be taking over the role of co-ordinator of Transcribe Bentham. To give a bit of background about me – my name is Louise Seaward and I am a historian specialising in the history of eighteenth-century Europe. I am particularly interested in the French Revolution and censorship, two topics about which Bentham had much to say. I am looking forward to getting to grips with Transcribe Bentham and seeing what insights the transcribers will uncover.

2016 has started nicely with a healthy dose of transcription from our volunteers.  14,871 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 51 on last week’s total.  Of these transcripts, 13,904 (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 1 382 795 48%
Box 2 478 753 63%
Box 4 3 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 4 169 2%
Box 8 6 284 2%
Box 9 45 266 16%
Box 10 0 459 0%
Box 11 9 480 1%
Box 15 80 814 9%
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 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 36 419 8%
Box 37 33 487 6%
Box 38 156 427 36%
Box 39 12 284 4%
Box 41 87 572 15%
Box 42 91 910 10%
Box 44 53 202 26%
Box 50 172 198 86%
Box 51 386 940 41%
Box 57 18 420 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 0 604 0%
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 141 296 47%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 194 442 43%
Box 106 220 581 37%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 277 307 90%
Box 116 646 865 74%
Box 117 365 853 42%
Box 118 256 880 29%
Box 119 535 990 54%
Box 120 29 686 4%
Box 121 134 526 25%
Box 122 305 728 41%
Box 123 43 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 69 381 18%
Box 149 6 581 1%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 195 728 26%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 777 858 90%
Add MS 35539 834 948 87%
Add MS 35540 881 1012 87%
Add MS 35541 639 1258 50%
Add MS 35547 29 701 4%
Add MS 35549 2 366 1%
Add MS 35550  2 637 1%
Overall 14,871 35,002 42%

 

Thank you so much to all the transcribers who have generously given their time to Transcribe Bentham over the festive period.

Progress update, 12 to 18 December 2015

By Tim Causer, on 18 December 2015

Welcome along to the final progress update for 2015, during which time further excellent progress has been made by TB volunteers.

14,707 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 75 on last week’s total. At the present rate of transcription, the 15,000th transcript should be worked at some point towards the end of January! Of these transcripts, 13,715 (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 1 381 795 47%
Box 2 478 753 63%
Box 4 3 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 4 169 2%
Box 8 6 284 2%
Box 9 45 266 16%
Box 10 0 459 0%
Box 11 9 480 1%
Box 15 80 814 9%
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 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 36 419 8%
Box 37 33 487 6%
Box 38 155 427 36%
Box 39 12 284 4%
Box 41 87 572 15%
Box 42 91 910 10%
Box 44 53 202 26%
Box 50 172 198 86%
Box 51 386 940 41%
Box 57 18 420 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 0 604 0%
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 141 296 47%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 194 442 43%
Box 106 212 581 35%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 277 307 90%
Box 116 600 865 69%
Box 117 365 853 42%
Box 118 256 880 29%
Box 119 535 990 54%
Box 120 29 686 4%
Box 121 134 526 25%
Box 122 305 728 41%
Box 123 43 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 60 381 1%
Box 149 6 581 1%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 195 728 26%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 777 858 90%
Add MS 35539 834 948 87%
Add MS 35540 857 1012 84%
Add MS 35541 562 1258 44%
Add MS 35547 29 701 4%
Add MS 35549 2 366 1%
Add MS 35550  2 637 1%
Overall 14,707 35,002 42%

UCL closes for the Christmas and new year break on Wednesday 23 December, and re-opens on Monday 4 January. During this time, the Transcription Desk will remain fully available but we will be unable to check transcripts. The first progress update of 2016 will be issued on Friday 8 January. In the meantime, thank you to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last twelve months – it truly is appreciated. Everyone here at Bentham HQ would like to wish you a very happy festive period.

Handing over, and a note of thanks

By Tim Causer, on 14 December 2015

It’s now been just over five years since I began work at the Bentham Project, and on Transcribe Bentham with my brilliant then-colleagues Valerie Wallace and Justin Tonra. Though sometimes it feels like only yesterday a lot has happened in that time, much of it unforeseen: TB has won awards, become part of two major international research projects, and even a cookbook based on manuscripts transcribed by volunteers was published earlier this year. Perhaps most importantly, TB has proved that a partnership between volunteers and scholars working on transcription of complex historic manuscripts can produce great volumes of high-quality research data. The fact that volunteers have transcribed almost 15,000 pages is still quite humbling.

As of 1 January 2016, I start work on a new project investigating Bentham’s writings on convict transportation and the early history of European Australia. As of then, TB will be co-ordinated by my wonderful colleague, Louise Seaward, under whose oversight the project will continue to go from strength to strength. I may pop up on the TB blog from time with a post about how transcripts produced by TB volunteers are contributing to the work on the Australian material (anyone wanting to take a look at material from Box 116 would be very welcome!) but will otherwise retire at the end of the year and leave you in Louise’s hands.

And so, in time-honoured fashion, it’s best to end with some sincere thank-yous to the brilliant people I’ve worked with on TB during the last five years, and without whom the project would be nowhere near as successful as it has been. At the Bentham Project, Philip Schofield, Michael Quinn, Valerie Wallace, Justin Tonra, Kris Grint, Anna-Maria Sichani, Hazel Wilkinson, Philippa Waller, Zoe Hawkins, Kalliopi Kontiza, and Tom Ue; Melissa Terras of UCL’s Centre for Digital Humanities; Martin Moyle and Lesley Pitman of UCL Library Services; at the University of London Computer Centre, Richard Davis, José Martin, Silvia Arango Docio, Rory McNicholl, and Ben Parish; at UCL Creative Media Services, Tony Slade, Raheel Nabi, Alejandro Salinas Lopez, and Miguel Faleiro Rodrigues; and at the British Library, Arnold Hunt, Sandra Tuppen and Neil McCowlen. I would also like to pay special thanks to my colleagues at UCL Special Collections, in particular Dan Mitchell, Mandy Wise, and Steve Wright for ferrying Bentham manuscripts back and forth to the photographers’ suite. Major thanks are also due to the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for financially supporting TB over the years, and to my colleagues from across Europe in the tranScriptorium programme. It’s been a genuine privilege to be a small cog in this machine.

Finally, as ever, the greatest thanks have to go to everyone who has so generously volunteered their time and effort to TB since September 2010. To those who have edited a line to those who have transcribed thousands of pages, a mere ‘thank you’ really doesn’t seem to be quite sufficient. TB would be nothing without you and your support, which I have really valued over the last five years. Thank you for that, and for making TB a great success. I am more grateful than I can ever say.

Tim

Progress update: 5 to 11 December 2015

By Tim Causer, on 11 December 2015

Welcome to the Transcribe Bentham progress update for the period 5 to 11 December 2015, during which time further great progress has been made by volunteer transcribers.

14,632 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 54 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 13,649 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 1 381 795 47%
Box 2 478 753 63%
Box 4 3 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 4 169 2%
Box 8 6 284 2%
Box 9 43 266 16%
Box 10 0 459 0%
Box 11 9 480 1%
Box 15 80 814 9%
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 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 36 419 8%
Box 37 33 487 6%
Box 38 155 427 36%
Box 39 12 284 4%
Box 41 87 572 15%
Box 42 91 910 10%
Box 44 53 202 26%
Box 50 172 198 86%
Box 51 386 940 41%
Box 57 18 420 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 0 604 0%
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 141 296 47%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 194 442 43%
Box 106 212 581 35%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 277 307 90%
Box 116 586 865 67%
Box 117 365 853 42%
Box 118 256 880 29%
Box 119 535 990 54%
Box 120 29 686 4%
Box 121 134 526 25%
Box 122 305 728 41%
Box 123 43 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 59 381 14%
Box 149 6 581 1%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 195 728 26%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 777 858 90%
Add MS 35539 834 948 87%
Add MS 35540 820 1012 80%
Add MS 35541 544 1258 43%
Add MS 35547 29 701 4%
Add MS 35549 2 366 1%
Add MS 35550  1 637 1%
Overall 14,632 35,002 42%

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has so generously contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days.

Progress update, 28 November to 4 December 2015

By Louise Seaward, on 4 December 2015

Welcome along to the Transcribe Bentham progress update for the period 28 November to 4 December 2015.  Transcription has continued at a great pace, thanks to the hard work of our volunteer transcribers.

14,578 manuscripts have now been transcribed, which is an increase of 80 on last week’s total. Of these transcripts, 13,606 (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 1 381 795 47%
Box 2 477 753 63%
Box 4 3 694 1%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 4 169 2%
Box 8 6 284 2%
Box 9 43 266 16%
Box 10 0 459 0%
Box 11 0 480 0%
Box 15 80 814 9%
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 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 36 419 8%
Box 37 33 487 6%
Box 38 155 427 36%
Box 39 12 284 4%
Box 41 87 572 15%
Box 42 90 910 9%
Box 44 53 202 26%
Box 50 172 198 86%
Box 51 386 940 41%
Box 57 18 420 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 0 604 0%
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 141 296 47%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 194 442 43%
Box 106 209 581 35%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 277 307 90%
Box 116 580 865 67%
Box 117 365 853 42%
Box 118 256 880 29%
Box 119 535 990 54%
Box 120 29 686 4%
Box 121 134 526 25%
Box 122 305 728 41%
Box 123 43 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 55 381 14%
Box 149 6 581 1%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 195 728 26%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 777 858 90%
Add MS 35539 834 948 87%
Add MS 35540 817 1012 80%
Add MS 35541 518 1258 41%
Add MS 35547 29 701 4%
Add MS 35549 1 366 1%
Add MS 35550  1 637 1%
Overall 14,578 35,002 42%

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham this week.  Your time and attention is greatly appreciated.