Progress update, 7 June to 13 June 2014: Record-breaking week for Transcribe Bentham

By Kris Grint, on 13 June 2014

It is my pleasure to announce that this week on Transcribe Bentham has seen the breaking of three records.

The first to report is that 9,164 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed since the project began. This is an outstanding achievement by our volunteers, not least because on 25 April 2014 the total surpassed 8,000, meaning over 1,000 transcripts have been added in just 7 weeks – the quickest ever.

Secondly, this week also saw the record for number of manuscripts transcribed smashed, with exactly 300 transcribed or partially-transcribed, eclipsing the previous record by 88.

Last but not least, our 2014 transcription rate, which is the average number of manuscripts transcribed per week, has topped 100 for the first time.

A hearty congratulations to all our transcribers who continue to amaze us with both the quantity and quality of their work.

Of the total 9,164 manuscripts that have now been transcribed or partially transcribed, 8,287 (90%) have been checked and approved by TB editorial staff. We are still working through a significant backlog of submitted transcripts which should be resolved by next week’s update.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 103 794 12%
Box 2 465 753 61%
Box 5 163 290 56%
Box 15 43 914 5%
Box 18 2 192 1%
Box 27 350 350 100%
Box 29 5 122 4%
Box 31 9 302 2%
Box 34 23 398 5%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 19 418 4%
Box 37 14 487 2%
Box 38 42 424 9%
Box 39 5 282 1%
Box 41 76 528 13%
Box 42 67 910 7%
Box 44 50 201 24%
Box 50 159 198 79%
Box 51 372 940 39%
Box 57 9 420 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 85 296 28%
Box 98 218 499 43%
Box 100 183 422 41%
Box 107 476 538 88%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 498 864 57%
Box 117 304 853 35%
Box 118 167 880 18%
Box 119 255 990 22%
Box 121 125 526 22%
Box 122 286 717 39%
Box 139 40 40 100%
Box 150 114 972 11%
Box 169 161 728 22%
Add MSS 537 498 744 66%
Add MSS 538 230 858 36%
Add MSS 539 354 948 37%
Overall 9,164 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). 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.

Finally, on 1 July 2014, the TB editorial team will be running a focus-group at UCL discussing the application of handwritten text recognition technology to Bentham’s manuscripts. 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.

Progress update, 31 May to 6 June 2014

By Kris Grint, on 6 June 2014

Welcome to the progress update for the period 31 May to 6 June. This has been another fantastic week for Transcribe Bentham, with volunteers transcribing or partially-transcribing 179 manuscripts. Whilst this is slightly down on last week’s record-topping 212 manuscripts, it’s more than adequate to keep our average weekly transcription rate for 2014 at just over 95 transcripts a week.

In total 8,864 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially transcribed, of which 8,185 (92%) have been checked and approved by TB editorial staff. We must apologise for the continued delay to the checking of transcripts – we are working to restore the backlog and ask volunteers to continue to be patient whilst we approve their submitted transcripts.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 97 794 12%
Box 2 465 753 61%
Box 5 160 290 55%
Box 15 40 914 5%
Box 18 2 192 1%
Box 27 350 350 100%
Box 29 4 122 3%
Box 31 9 302 2%
Box 34 20 398 5%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 16 418 3%
Box 37 22 487 2%
Box 38 39 424 9%
Box 39 4 282 1%
Box 41 75 528 13%
Box 42 66 910 7%
Box 44 50 201 24%
Box 50 159 198 79%
Box 51 372 940 39%
Box 57 7 420 1%
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 84 296 28%
Box 98 217 499 43%
Box 100 183 422 41%
Box 107 474 538 88%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 497 864 57%
Box 117 273 853 31%
Box 118 108 880 12%
Box 119 215 990 21%
Box 121 123 526 22%
Box 122 285 717 39%
Box 139 40 40 100%
Box 150 109 972 11%
Box 169 157 728 21%
Add MSS 537 443 744 59%
Add MSS 538 195 858 22%
Add MSS 539 307 948 32%
Overall 8,864 23,881 37%

 
All that remains is to thank to everyone who has so generously given their time and effort to Transcribe Bentham during the last week. Please keep up the excellent work!

Progress update, 24 to 30 May 2014

By Tim Causer, on 30 May 2014

Welcome along to the progress update for the period 24 to 30 May, during which time Transcribe Bentham volunteers have broken another record. This week has been the busiest ever seven day period, with 214 manuscripts transcribed or partially-transcribed; this just beats the previous record of 212, received during the week commencing 12 April 2014! We have also been able to lock our 8,000th transcript this week. These are two further fantastic achievements on the behalf of transcribers.

We do have to apologise that we haven’t quite been able to check all those transcripts submitted this week, but are working to get through the backlog – apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

8,685 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially transcribed, of which 8,132 (93%) have been checked and approved by TB editorial staff.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

 

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 96 794 12%
Box 2 465 753 61%
Box 5 157 290 54%
Box 15 34 914 4%
Box 18 2 192 1%
Box 27 350 350 100%
Box 29 3 122 2%
Box 31 9 302 2%
Box 34 16 398 4%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 14 418 3%
Box 37 6 487 1%
Box 38 28 424 6%
Box 39 4 282 1%
Box 41 74 528 12%
Box 42 63 910 6%
Box 44 50 201 24%
Box 50 159 198 79%
Box 51 372 940 39%
Box 57 5 420 1%
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 84 296 28%
Box 98 217 499 43%
Box 100 183 422 41%
Box 107 472 538 87%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 497 864 57%
Box 117 263 853 30%
Box 118 88 880 10%
Box 119 195 990 19%
Box 121 121 526 22%
Box 122 282 717 38%
Box 139 40 40 100%
Box 150 105 972 10%
Box 169 153 728 21%
Add MSS 537 419 744 56%
Add MSS 538 186 858 21%
Add MSS 539 279 948 29%
Overall 8,685 21,451 34%

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has given their time and effort to Transcribe Bentham during the last week. Your generosity remains, as always, greatly appreciated.

 

Progress update, 17 to 23 May 2014

By Tim Causer, on 23 May 2014

Welcome along to the Transcribe Bentham progress update for the period 17 to 23 May, during which time transcription has continued at a terrific pace. 65,014 words were transcribed this week, including the TEI mark-up, which is a phenomenal effort on the part of volunteers: that such a consistently high rate of transcription has been maintained since the turn of the year is testament to the enormous amount of work they have put in.

8,471 manuscripts have now been transcribed, up 176 on last week’s total. Of these transcripts, 7,977 (94%) are complete and have been locked, which is an increase of 195 on this time last week.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

 

Box No. of manuscripts worked on No. of manuscripts in box Completion
Box 1 96 794 12%
Box 2 465 753 61%
Box 5 153 290 52%
Box 15 30 914 3%
Box 27 350 350 100%
Box 29 1 122 1%
Box 31 6 302 1%
Box 34 12 398 3%
Box 35 286 439 65%
Box 36 8 418 1%
Box 37 2 487 1%
Box 38 12 424 2%
Box 39 2 282 1%
Box 41 71 528 12%
Box 42 59 910 6%
Box 44 48 201 23%
Box 50 159 198 79%
Box 51 372 940 39%
Box 57 2 420 1%
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 82 296 27%
Box 98 217 499 43%
Box 100 183 422 41%
Box 107 471 538 87%
Box 115 276 307 89%
Box 116 497 864 57%
Box 117 245 853 28%
Box 118 71 880 7%
Box 119 169 990 17%
Box 121 120 526 21%
Box 122 281 717 38%
Box 139 40 40 100%
Box 150 102 972 10%
Box 169 149 728 20%
Add MSS 537 395 744 53%
Add MSS 538 163 858 19%
Add MSS 539 244 948 25%
Overall 8,471 21,451 34%

As we mentioned earlier this week, colleagues at the Edvard Munch Museum in Oslo have launched their project to crowdsource the transcription of Munch’s correspondence. We were thrilled to see that the Munch platform is an adapted version of the TB Transcription Desk, and wish them nothing but success in their endeavours. If you are thinking about crowdsourcing a manuscript collection, the code for the Transcription Desk is available on an open-source basis via GitHub.

Needless to say, we are hugely grateful to everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. Your efforts are, as always, very much appreciated by us all.

Transcription Desk code implemented by the Edvard Munch Museum

By Tim Causer, on 20 May 2014

We were thrilled to learn that this week sees the launch of the Edvard Munch Museum’s online transcription platform, which is an adapted version of the TB Transcription Desk wiki developed by the University of London Computer Centre. Via the Edvard Munch Texts Digital Archive you can access the first batch of the 5,482 letters owned by the Museum, and transcribe them. The Munch team have adapted the transcription toolbar used in Transcribe Bentham to allow the marking-up of names, places and so forth, as well as TEI XML. Most of these letters are in German and the Scandinavian languages, and so the website is mainly in Norwegian and German.

Needless to say, we are delighted to see the Transcription Desk being reconfigured in this way. If you are thinking of crowdsourcing the transcription of a manuscript collection the code for the Transcription Desk is available on an open source basis, and do email us if we can provide any advice on implementing it or if you have any questions. Code re-use has always been an ambition for us all at Transcribe Bentham, and we wish our colleagues at the Munch Museum nothing but success with their transcription platform!