Transcription Desk open for business again!

By Louise Seaward, on 24 February 2017

Hello!  We’re happy to announce that our Transcription Desk is up and running again.  Our thanks go out to the team at the University of London Computer Centre for resolving our technical difficulties.  The site is open for business as usual and there are thousands of Bentham’s pages waiting to be transcribed!  We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their patience.  As always, if you have any questions or run into any problems on the site, please do send us an email.

Apologies – access problems on the Transcription Desk

By Louise Seaward, on 24 February 2017

This is just a quick message to apologise to those of you who might have had trouble accessing the Transcription Desk over the past few days.

We experienced a problem with our server which has unfortunately led to the site being down for some periods of time.  The team at University of London Computer Centre are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible – so volunteers should be able to resume transcription soon.  Thank you for your patience.  I will update the blog again once we know more!  But if you have any questions about this in the meantime, feel free to send us an email.

Progress Update – 11 to 17 February 2017

By Louise Seaward, on 17 February 2017

Happy Friday!  We’re here with the weekly statistics and transcription has been ticking along nicely over the past 7 days.  Our volunteers have already started working on the new material that was recently uploaded to the Transcription Desk so we hope they are finding some interesting pages to explore.  We owe a huge thanks to everyone who has contributed to the project over the past week.  Here are the stats…

17,747 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 50 on last week’s total.  Of these transcripts, 16,706 (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 1 703 795 88%
Box 2 722 753 95%
Box 4 42 694 6%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 6 169 3%
Box 8 24 284 8%
Box 9 47 266 17%
Box 10 116 459 25%
Box 11 12 480 2%
Box 12 173 615 28%
Box 13 2 359 1%
Box 14 6 514 1%
Box 15 86 814 10%
Box 16 12 254 4%
Box 18 66 193 34%
Box 26 0 389 0%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 4 193 2%
Box 31 20 302 6%
Box 32 1 160 1%
Box 34 40 399 10%
Box 35 287 439 65%
Box 36 37 419 8%
Box 37 36 487 7%
Box 38 229 427 53%
Box 39 12 284 4%
Box 41 87 572 15%
Box 42 92 910 10%
Box 44 53 202 26%
Box 47 1 466 1%
Box 50 178 198 89%
Box 51 387 940 41%
Box 52 1 609 1%
Box 54 0 205 0%
Box 57 19 420 4%
Box 60 1 183 1%
Box 62 78 565 13%
Box 63 156 345 45%
Box 70 308 350 88%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 614 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 75 1 77 1%
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 81 0  488 0%
Box 87 11 604 1%
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 149 296 50%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 213 442 48%
Box 104 1 502 1%
Box 106 235 581 40%
Box 107 516 538 95%
Box 110 15 671 2%
Box 115 277 307 90%
Box 116 794 865 91%
Box 117 496 853 58%
Box 118 260 880 29%
Box 119 541 990 54%
Box 120 643 686 93%
Box 121 150 526 28%
Box 122 309 728 42%
Box 123 45 443 10%
Box 124 18 383 4%
Box 135 37 571 6%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 94 381 24%
Box 149 87 581 14%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 197 728 27%
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 33 701 4%
Add MS 35549 24 366 6%
Add MS 35550 89 637 13%
Overall 17,747 40,394 43%

Progress Update – 4 to 10 February 2017

By Louise Seaward, on 10 February 2017

Hi everyone.  It’s time for the weekly statistics – what have our volunteers been working on this week?  Transcription is continuing at a nice pace and we owe a huge thanks to everyone who has contributed to the project recently.

17,697 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 37 on last week’s total.  Of these transcripts, 16,691 (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 1 697 795 87%
Box 2 722 753 95%
Box 4 42 694 6%
Box 5 200 290 68%
Box 7 6 169 3%
Box 8 24 284 8%
Box 9 47 266 17%
Box 10 116 459 25%
Box 11 12 480 2%
Box 12 173 615 28%
Box 13 0 359 0%
Box 14 6 514 1%
Box 15 86 814 10%
Box 16 10 254 3%
Box 18 66 193 34%
Box 26 0 389 0%
Box 27 350 350 COMPLETE
Box 29 22 122 18%
Box 30 4 193 2%
Box 31 20 302 6%
Box 32 1 160 1%
Box 34 40 399 10%
Box 35 287 439 65%
Box 36 37 419 8%
Box 37 36 487 7%
Box 38 220 427 51%
Box 39 12 284 4%
Box 41 87 572 15%
Box 42 92 910 10%
Box 44 53 202 26%
Box 47 1 466 1%
Box 50 178 198 89%
Box 51 387 940 41%
Box 52 1 609 1%
Box 54 0 205 0%
Box 57 19 420 4%
Box 60 1 183 1%
Box 62 78 565 13%
Box 63 156 345 45%
Box 70 308 350 88%
Box 71 663 663 COMPLETE
Box 72 614 664 92%
Box 73 151 151 COMPLETE
Box 75 1 77 1%
Box 79 199 199 COMPLETE
Box 81 0  488 0%
Box 87 8 604 1%
Box 95 126 147 85%
Box 96 534 539 99%
Box 97 149 296 50%
Box 98 224 499 44%
Box 100 213 442 48%
Box 104 1 502 1%
Box 106 235 581 40%
Box 107 511 538 94%
Box 110 15 671 2%
Box 115 277 307 90%
Box 116 794 865 91%
Box 117 496 853 58%
Box 118 260 880 29%
Box 119 541 990 54%
Box 120 625 686 90%
Box 121 150 526 28%
Box 122 309 728 42%
Box 123 45 443 10%
Box 124 18 383 4%
Box 135 37 571 6%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 94 381 24%
Box 149 87 581 14%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 197 728 27%
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 33 701 4%
Add MS 35549 24 366 6%
Add MS 35550 88 637 13%
Overall 17,697 40,394 43%

New material to transcribe: correspondence, procedure, juries, petitions and Latin America

By Louise Seaward, on 10 February 2017

Sound the klaxon, we have new material on the Transcription Desk!  Five new boxes are now available for any new or existing transcribers to explore.  Boxes 13, 26, 54, 60 and 81 have been uploaded.  This means that we now have 80 boxes and more than 40,000(!) pages of Bentham’s writings on our Transcription Desk.

These new boxes contain a mixture of Bentham’s correspondence and legal writings.  Much of the material reflects Bentham’s fascincation with rising new democracies in Spain, Portugal and Latin America.  In the early nineteenth century, Bentham was keen to play a direct role in the codification of new systems of law in these regions.   These papers also include various elements of Bentham’s crusade for legal reform.  He wanted to tighten the jury selection process and had the idea of using petitions to compel the British Parliament to remodel the judicial establishment.

Elements of the Art of Packing, 6 September 1809 [Image courtesy of UCL Special Collections]

UCL Special Collections, Bentham Papers, box xxvi, fo. 66, Elements of the Art of Packing, 6 September 1809 [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 13 – correspondence

Box 26 – juries

Box 54 – legal procedure

Box 60 – Latin America

Box 81 – petitions

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

We invite you to take a look through these boxes and see what you can find to transcribe.  Why did Bentham feel that packed juries obstructed liberty of the press?  How convincing were his plans to codify new laws in Spain and Portugal?  Could you have been persuaded to sign one of Bentham’s petitions calling for legal reform?