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Welcome to Transcribe Bentham!

By Louise Seaward, on 6 December 2017

Jeremy Bentham

Jeremy Bentham

‘Many hands make light work. Many hands together make merry work‘, wrote the philosopher and reformer, Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832) in 1793.

In this spirit, we cordially welcome you to Transcribe Bentham, a double award-winning collaborative initiative which is crowdsourcing the transcription of Bentham’s previously unpublished manuscripts.

Anyone can start transcribing at our Transcription Desk.  Your transcripts will contribute to the production of Bentham’s Collected Works and preserve Bentham’s writings into the future.

Find out more about Transcribe Bentham in the sidebar menu on the left, or scroll down to read the latest news from the Transcribe Bentham blog.  Happy transcribing!

By Chris Riley, on 6 March 2020

Welcome everyone to the latest statistics update for March 2020.

Here are the full statistics for the initiative (as of 6 March).

23,011 manuscript pages have now been transcribed. A further 1,128 manuscripts are currently in progress, and 0 are waiting for review.

Visit the Benthamometer for more information on how much has been transcribed from each box of Bentham’s papers.

Transcribe Bentham downtime, 4 February 2020, 7 am–12 noon GMT

By Chris Riley, on 27 January 2020

There will be a short period of downtime on Transcribe Bentham on 4 February 2020 while we make a few changes to the site, including a new method for submitting completed transcripts and an improved Benthamometer. The update will occur between 7 am and 12 noon GMT.

The Transcription Desk will be inaccessible for most of this time, but we hope to have everything back up and running as soon as possible by noon if not before.

Transcription Update – 20 December 2019

By Chris Riley, on 20 December 2019

Welcome everyone to the latest statistics update for December 2019.

Here are the full statistics for the initiative (as of 20 December).

22,740 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed. Of these transcripts, 21,951 (96%) have been checked and approved by TB staff.

Since 29 November, volunteers have worked on 103 manuscript pages. This means that an average of 25.75 pages have been transcribed each week.

Visit the Benthamometer for more information on how much has been transcribed from each box of Bentham’s papers.

Transcription Update – 22 November 2019

By Chris Riley, on 22 November 2019

Welcome everyone to the latest statistics update for November 2019.

Here are the full statistics for the initiative (as of 22 November).

22,637 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed. Of these transcripts, 21,877 (96%) have been checked and approved by TB staff.

Since 31 October, volunteers have worked on 124 manuscript pages. This means that an average of 31 pages have been transcribed each week.

Visit the Benthamometer for more information on how much has been transcribed from each box of Bentham’s papers.

Transcription Update – 31 October 2019

By Chris Riley, on 31 October 2019

Welcome everyone to the latest statistics update for October 2019.

Here are the full statistics for the initiative (as of 31 October).

22,541 manuscript pages have now been transcribed or partially-transcribed. Of these transcripts, 21,715 (96%) have been checked and approved by TB staff.

Over the past five weeks, volunteers have worked on 119 manuscript pages. This means that an average of 41.5 pages have been transcribed each week.

Visit the Benthamometer for more information on how much has been transcribed from each box of Bentham’s papers.