READing Bentham’s handwriting – new project for Transcribe Bentham

By Louise Seaward, on 3 February 2016

Following last week’s fantastic achievement of over 15,000 transcribed pages, I wanted to tell you some about some more good news for Transcribe Bentham.

We are now part of a new project entitled Recognition and Enrichment of Archival Documents (READ). This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 674943.

The READ project will develop new technology in order to enable computers to read and search historical manuscripts. This research on handwritten text recognition technology has the potential to open up access to all sorts of written material contained in archives across the world. It could also help our volunteer transcribers to untangle some of the complexities of Bentham’s handwriting.

Some of you will know that we have already begun to make use of handwritten text recognition in our TSX platform. Transcribers can ask the computer to assist them with their transcription – for example by asking it to give suggestions for a particular word or line which is hard to decipher. The READ project will develop this technology further and work on new innovations such as a transcription tool, a palaeography tutorial and a mobile application for digitising and organising historical documents.

You can find more information about the READ project on the Faculty of Laws webpage. As the project progress, we will keep you updated on our efforts to train computers to read Bentham!

Progress Update, 23 to 29 January 2016

By Louise Seaward, on 29 January 2016

We’re here with a very exciting progress update for the period 23 to 29 January 2016.  Our hard-working transcribers have now transcribed over 15,000 manuscript pages!  This an extraordinary amount of work and we are deeply grateful to all the volunteers who take part in Transcribe Bentham.

15,062 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 84 on last week’s total.  Of these transcripts, 14,115 (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 10 694 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 38 159 427 37%
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 106 226 581 38%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 277 307 90%
Box 116 742 865 85%
Box 117 368 853 43%
Box 118 256 880 29%
Box 119 537 990 54%
Box 120 29 686 4%
Box 121 136 526 25%
Box 122 305 728 41%
Box 123 43 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 75 381 19%
Box 149 10 581 1%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 195 728 26%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 779 858 90%
Add MS 35539 847 948 89%
Add MS 35540 908 1012 89%
Add MS 35541 659 1258 52%
Add MS 35547 29 701 4%
Add MS 35549 2 366 1%
Add MS 35550  2 637 1%
Overall 15,062 35,002 43%

Progress update, 16 to 22 January 2016

By Louise Seaward, on 22 January 2016

Hello and welcome to the transcription update for the period 16 to 22 January 2016.  Transcription continues at a good rate, thanks to our volunteers.

14,978 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 59 on last week’s total.  Of these transcripts, 14,006 (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 5 694 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 38 157 427 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 106 225 581 38%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 277 307 90%
Box 116 704 865 81%
Box 117 368 853 43%
Box 118 256 880 29%
Box 119 536 990 54%
Box 120 29 686 4%
Box 121 136 526 25%
Box 122 305 728 41%
Box 123 43 443 9%
Box 124 15 383 3%
Box 139 40 40 COMPLETE
Box 141 72 381 18%
Box 149 10 581 1%
Box 150 972 972 COMPLETE
Box 169 195 728 26%
Add MS 35537 730 744 98%
Add MS 35538 779 858 90%
Add MS 35539 834 948 87%
Add MS 35540 887 1012 87%
Add MS 35541 659 1258 52%
Add MS 35547 29 701 4%
Add MS 35549 2 366 1%
Add MS 35550  2 637 1%
Overall 14,978 35,002 42%

We would like to say thanks again to all the volunteers who have worked on Transcribe Bentham this week.

Progress update, 9 to 15 January 2016

By Louise Seaward, on 15 January 2016

Hello and welcome to the transcription update for the period 9 to 15 January 2016.  Our thanks go to our volunteers who continue to make great progress with their work on Transcribe Bentham.

14,919 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed, which is an increase of 48 on last week’s total.  Of these transcripts, 13,999 (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 106 223 581 38%
Box 107 502 538 93%
Box 110 7 671 1%
Box 115 277 307 90%
Box 116 672 865 77%
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 70 381 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 883 1012 87%
Add MS 35541 655 1258 52%
Add MS 35547 29 701 4%
Add MS 35549 2 366 1%
Add MS 35550  2 637 1%
Overall 14,919 35,002 42%

A huge thank you to everyone who has transcribed a manuscript this week!

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.