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Transcribe Bentham


A Participatory Initiative


Progress Update!

By uczwvhw, on 22 September 2010

The Transcription Desk has been live for two weeks and so far the response has been overwhelmingly positive! People across the world have been discussing Transcribe Bentham in blog posts, press articles, tweets, facebook updates and in reading groups. We now have a page on this site dedicated to publicity for the information of users and interested parties.

The Transcription Desk has had nearly 2000 hits from visitors in 47 different countries across Europe, the Americas, Australasia, Asia and Africa. We have 156 registered users who have started transcribing nearly 150 manuscripts. Our most popular manuscripts are those in the early/ easy and Moral Philosophy categories; specifically those from Box 27, which includes documents on jurisprudence, happiness, punishment and reward.  Users have also transcribed manuscripts on the principle of utility, English Common Law, political economy and the Catholic Church. See which manuscripts you fancy transcribing and check out our Benthamometer for a more detailed breakdown of our progress so far.

Our top transcriber is currently Maureencallahan who has already racked up 2700 points for her contributions! Snefnug and Auto-icon are in joint second place with 2600 points. See if you can overtake them by registering now!

3 Responses to “Progress Update!”

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    Diane Folan wrote on 22 September 2010:

    Hi Valerie,
    Delighted to hear of the progress being made. Let’s hope all the publicity means you can double or triple the number of users in the next couple of weeks

    I’ve left two posts for you and the TB team on the Discussion Forum.

    All the best,


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    Valerie Wallace wrote on 22 September 2010:

    Thanks for your good wishes Diane! I will read your comments on the Discussion Forum and respond shortly. V

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    Transcription in a Digital World | ActiveHistory.ca wrote on 28 September 2010:

    […] Given the time consuming but beneficial nature of transcription it isn’t surprising that some online crowdsourcing transcription projects have been released.  Projects like Transcribe Bentham ask the general public to help transcribe original historical documents.  In the case of Transcribe Bentham, the manuscript papers written by Jeremy Bentham have been placed online and the general public is being asked to help transcribe this wealth of historical documents.  Users’ transcriptions will eventually be stored and used to create a fully searchable online database.  This project is in the early phases but it already seeing great user participation and results. […]

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