17,000 pages transcribed… and counting!

By Louise Seaward, on 7 November 2016

We’re here with happy news to lift those Monday blues!  As of the past week (28 October to 4 November 2016), our volunteers have now worked on over 17,000 manuscript pages!

We passed 16,000 pages back in June, meaning our volunteers have got through 1000 pages in less than 6 months! This is a huge achievement and another stepping stone on the path to making Bentham’s manuscripts accessible to all.  We need to take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks to our volunteers for their dedication and hard work.

The exact statistics are here.  17,020 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 45 on last week’s total.  Of these transcripts, 16,055 (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 1 571 795 71%
Box 2 703 753 93%
Box 4 27 694 3%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 5 169 2%
Box 8 21 284 7%
Box 9 47 266 17%
Box 10 114 459 24%
Box 11 12 480 2%
Box 12 55 615 8%
Box 14 4 514 1%
Box 15 86 814 10%
Box 16 5 254 1%
Box 18 39 193 20%
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 38 181 427 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 50 176 198 88%
Box 51 386 940 41%
Box 52 0 609 0%
Box 57 19 420 4%
Box 62 78 565 13%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 307 350 87%
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 117 486 853 56%
Box 118 258 880 29%
Box 119 539 990 54%
Box 120 410 686 59%
Box 121 150 526 28%
Box 122 309 728 42%
Box 123 45 443 10%
Box 124 16 383 4%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 94 381 24%
Box 149 87 581 14%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 196 728 26%
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 11 366 3%
Add MS 35550 79 637 11%
Overall 17,020 37,697 45%

Progress Update – 22 to 28 October 2016

By Louise Seaward, on 28 October 2016

It’s Friday and that can only mean one thing.  It’s time for the latest update from Transcribe Bentham.  We are edging closer to 17,000 manuscript pages transcribed – could we hit this milestone next week?  As always, we need to thank our volunteers for all the work they have done to bring us to this amazing figure.

16,975 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 53 on last week’s total.  Of these transcripts, 15,996 (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 1 565 795 71%
Box 2 703 753 93%
Box 4 26 694 3%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 5 169 2%
Box 8 21 284 7%
Box 9 47 266 17%
Box 10 113 459 24%
Box 11 12 480 2%
Box 12 46 615 7%
Box 14 4 514 1%
Box 15 86 814 10%
Box 16 3 254 1%
Box 18 38 193 19%
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 38 178 427 41%
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 50 176 198 88%
Box 51 386 940 41%
Box 52 0 609 0%
Box 57 19 420 4%
Box 62 78 565 13%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 307 350 87%
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 117 486 853 56%
Box 118 258 880 29%
Box 119 539 990 54%
Box 120 391 686 56%
Box 121 150 526 28%
Box 122 309 728 42%
Box 123 45 443 10%
Box 124 16 383 4%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 94 381 24%
Box 149 87 581 14%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 196 728 26%
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 11 366 3%
Add MS 35550 76 637 11%
Overall 16,975 37,697 45%

Progress Update – 15 to 21 October 2016

By Louise Seaward, on 23 October 2016

Hello everyone!  We’re checking in with an update on the latest material transcribed on Transcribe Bentham.  Our volunteers have been beavering away – and have started to tackle the new boxes of documents that were recently uploaded to the platform.  We need to say a big thanks to everyone who has transcribed something for us.

Back to the stats.  16,922 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 39 on last week’s total.  Of these transcripts, 15,921 (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 1 561 795 70%
Box 2 700 753 92%
Box 4 23 694 3%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 5 169 2%
Box 8 21 284 7%
Box 9 47 266 17%
Box 10 113 459 24%
Box 11 12 480 2%
Box 12 19 615 3%
Box 14 4 514 1%
Box 15 86 814 10%
Box 16 3 254 1%
Box 18 35 193 18%
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 38 176 427 41%
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 50 176 198 88%
Box 51 386 940 41%
Box 52 0 609 0%
Box 57 19 420 4%
Box 62 78 565 13%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 307 350 87%
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 117 486 853 56%
Box 118 258 880 29%
Box 119 539 990 54%
Box 120 378 686 54%
Box 121 150 526 28%
Box 122 309 728 42%
Box 123 45 443 10%
Box 124 16 383 4%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 94 381 24%
Box 149 87 581 14%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 196 728 26%
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 11 366 3%
Add MS 35550 76 637 11%
Overall 16,922 37,697 44%

Progress Update – 1 to 7 October 2016

By Louise Seaward, on 11 October 2016

Hi there.  We’re back again with the stats – this time for the first week of October.  Our volunteers are continuing to work on the manuscripts at an impressive pace. Our thanks go out, as always, to everyone who has been transcribing recently.

While we’re here, there’s exciting news for new and regular volunteers – 7 boxes of Bentham material have just been uploaded to the Transcription Desk.  These boxes contain Bentham’s correspondence and his writings on ethics, politics and legal reform.  Check out our blog post to find out more.

Back to the stats.  16,836 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 50 on last week’s total.  Of these transcripts, 15,871 (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 1 546 795 68%
Box 2 693 753 92%
Box 4 19 694 2%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 5 169 2%
Box 8 21 284 7%
Box 9 47 266 17%
Box 10 112 459 24%
Box 11 12 480 2%
Box 12 0 615 0%
Box 14 0 514 0%
Box 15 86 814 10%
Box 16 0 254 0%
Box 18 31 193 16%
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 38 176 427 41%
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 50 176 198 88%
Box 51 386 940 41%
Box 52 0 609 0%
Box 57 19 420 4%
Box 62 78 565 13%
Box 63 155 345 44%
Box 70 307 350 87%
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 117 486 853 56%
Box 118 258 880 29%
Box 119 539 990 54%
Box 120 353 686 51%
Box 121 149 526 28%
Box 122 309 728 42%
Box 123 45 443 10%
Box 124 16 383 4%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 94 381 24%
Box 149 87 581 14%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 195 728 26%
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 11 366 3%
Add MS 35550 76 637 11%
Overall 16,836 37,697 44%

New material to transcribe: politics, ethics, legal reform, correspondence

By Louise Seaward, on 11 October 2016

We’re here today with some exciting news – seven new boxes of Bentham manuscripts have just been added to the Transcription Desk!  The new material is contained in boxes 12, 14, 16, 32, 47, 52 and 75.  These boxes consist of 2695 new images of Bentham’s writings – freshly uploaded and ready for any volunteers to explore and transcribe.

These boxes contain intriguing material for anyone interested in Bentham’s life and work.  We have Bentham’s correspondence with close friends and international acquaintances from the United States, South America, Egypt and Greece.  Bentham’s drafts of civil, criminal and procedure codes are also available – these formed part of his plan for a ‘Pannomion’ or complete code of law.  We also have Bentham’s writings on ethics and human psychology, which are considered crucial to his theory of utilitarianism.

Bentham's letter to the Editor of the National Calendar of the United States, 5 August 1821, UCL Special Collections, Bentham Papers, xii, fol. 12

Bentham’s letter to the Editor of the National Calendar of the United States, UCL Special Collections, Bentham Papers, xii, fo. 35 (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 12 – correspondence

Box 14 – writings on deontology and ethics

Box 16 – criminal code

Box 32 – civil code

Box 47 – evidence

Box 52 – procedure code

Box 75 – legal reform

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

We look forward to seeing how our volunteers get on with this material – which papers will be most popular and what new insights will be uncovered?