Slight delay to this week’s progress update

By Tim Causer, on 31 January 2014

This is just a very brief entry to say that we will be unable to issue the regular Friday progress update for this week, as we are currently away attending a tranScriptorium all-staff meeting. (This is a very exciting project in which we are participating, which seeks to develop solutions for the automated full-text transcription of historic manuscripts).

Many apologies in advance for any inconvenience which this may cause: we will issue the progress update on Monday 3 February, when normal service will be resumed.

Progress update, 18 to 24 January 2014

By Tim Causer, on 24 January 2014

Welcome to the progress update for the period 18 to 24 January 2014, during which time further steady progress has been made by Transcribe Bentham volunteers. 10,070 words were transcribed this week, along with a further 4,656 words of TEI XML.

6,824 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 35 upon last week’s total. 6,524 of these transcripts are now complete and locked after having undergone our quality-control process, up 32 on this time last week.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

We are also delighted to say that the digitisation of the British Library’s Bentham manuscripts is now underway, and we look forward to uploading this material and sharing it with you in the near future.

As always, thank you to everyone who has given their time and effort to Transcribe Bentham during the last seven days. It remains greatly appreciated by us all.

Progress update, 11 to 17 January 2014, and a new publication

By Tim Causer, on 17 January 2014

Welcome along to the progress update for the period 11 to 17 January 2014, during which time further steady progress has been made by Transcribe Bentham volunteers. 9,859 words were transcribed this week, along with a further 3,603 words of TEI XML.

6,789 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 29 on last week’s total. Of these transcripts, 6,492 (95%) are complete and have been locked after being checked by TB staff; this is also up 29 on this time last week.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Elsewhere, readers might be interested in the Bentham Project’s latest publication, the Memorandoms of convict James Martin, the manuscript for which is part of Box 169 of UCL’s Bentham Papers. The Memorandoms is the only first-hand account of perhaps the most famous escape of transported convicts from Australia: on the evening of 28 March 1791, Martin, in company with eight other prisoners (including William and Mary Bryant, and their two children), stole the governor of New South Wales’s six-oared cutter. In it, they navigated the eastern and northern coasts of Australia, encountered several Aboriginal peoples, and were fortunate to survive several ferocious storms. After a journey of just over two months, they reached Kupang, West Timor, where they successfully (for a while) passed themselves off as survivors of a shipwreck. This journey of over 5,000 miles in an open boat was an astonishing feat of seamanship and endurance.

This is the first time such a detailed, annotated edition of the Memorandoms has been published, and it has never been so widely available. The document, along with an introduction by Dr Tim Causer of the Bentham Project, is now freely available to read online, or can be downloaded as a PDF. We hope you find it of some interest.

Thank you, as always, to everyone who has contributed their time to Transcribe Bentham during the last week. It remains greatly appreciated by us all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress update, 21 December 2013 to 10 January 2014

By Tim Causer, on 10 January 2014

Firstly, happy new year from all of us Transcribe Bentham, and we hope that all volunteers and readers had an enjoyable festive period. Since our last update, excellent progress has been made: 18,249 words have been transcribed during the past two weeks, along with a further 8,026 words of TEI XML.

6,760 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 114 upon the total on 20 December. Of these transcripts, 6,463 (95%) are complete after going through our quality control process, which is up 103 on two weeks ago. We anticipate that the 7,000th transcript will be worked on at some point during March, which would be a fantastic achievement on behalf of TB volunteers.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Thank you, as always, to everyone who contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last couple of weeks. It remains greatly appreciated by us all, particularly as we know how busy the festive period can be.

Progress update, 14 to 20 December 2013, and UCL closure

By Tim Causer, on 20 December 2013

Welcome along to the progress update for 14 to 20 December 2013, which is also our 200th post on the blog! Excellent progress has been made during the last seven days: 11,603 words of text have been transcribed, along with a further 4,740 words of TEI XML.

6,646 manuscripts have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 46 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 6,357 (95%) are complete and locked after having been checked by Transcribe Bentham staff.

The more detailed state of progress is as follows:

Over the last few months, we have added more and more new material to the Transcription Desk for transcription. These unpublished manuscripts include material relating to the final failure of Bentham’s panopticon penitentiary scheme and evidence of the scale of his bitterness towards the British government; Bentham’s work in drafting the 1798 Thames Police Bill; more of his writings on political economy; his plan to ‘euthanise’ the Church of England; and, most recently, more detail relating to the panopticon, including architect Willey Reveley’s sketches of the proposed prison. All of these manuscripts can be accessed via our ‘Untranscribed Manuscripts‘ list, which are divided into the boxes comprising the UCL Bentham Papers. From this page, you can also access a fuller description of the contents of each box.

Today’s progress update will be the last full update until the new year, as today UCL closes for the Christmas and new year break. As regular readers will know, Bentham regarded such holidays as ‘useless holy days’ which could be spent more productively working, though we take a slightly softer line than the big man. From 20 December 2013 until 6 January 2014, we will be on leave, which means that we will be unable to check submitted transcripts during this period. The Transcription Desk will, however, remain available at all times, though it will take longer than usual for us to answer any email queries. Normal service will resume on Monday 6 January, and we apologise in advance for any inconvenience which our absence may cause.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to Transcribe Bentham during the last twelve months, which is greatly appreciated by all of us working on the project. We wish you the best for the holiday period, and look forward to another year of transcription!