TRANSCRIBE BENTHAM
a participatory initiative

Franny Gaede
INF 385T: Introduction to Digital Humanities
October 8, 2012
what is it?
crowdsourced
transcription,
encoding of the
philosopher Jeremy
Bentham’s (1748-1832)
papers using
MediaWiki so...
what is it?
inter-departmental
project at the
University College
London
an open access
initiative
what is it?
will be uploaded to
UCL’s digital Bentham
Papers repository and
presented alongside
high resolution image
file...
meaning, medium, & message

this collaborative
encoding work could
only be completed
online
meaning, medium, & message

transcription is
completed by mostly
anonymous volunteer
editors
4,424 folios transcribed
meaning, medium, & message

interested in
paleography?
literature? philosophy?
transcription?
meaning, medium, & message

transcriptions will feed
ongoing projects
accessibility & sustainability

open access, open source
http:/
/code.google.com/p/tb-transcription-desk/
accessibility & sustainability

accessibility issues:
reCaptcha, editing has a high
learning curve
credit

administrators
money
participants
documentation

getting started &
introductory
encoding videos
documentation

extensive
transcription
guidelines
documentation
blog updated weekly
with statistics, project
news
the Benthamometer
associated scholarship

150+ blog posts,
articles, talks,
and
announcements
moving forward
$538,000 grant
from the Andrew
W. Mellon
Foundation
major goal:
redesigning the
transcription desk
useful & compelling
image credits
Slide 2: http:/
/www.transcribe-bentham.da.ulcc.ac.uk/td/skins/bentham-modern/TB-logo.gif
Slide 3: http:/
/d...
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  1. 1. TRANSCRIBE BENTHAM a participatory initiative Franny Gaede INF 385T: Introduction to Digital Humanities October 8, 2012
  2. 2. what is it? crowdsourced transcription, encoding of the philosopher Jeremy Bentham’s (1748-1832) papers using MediaWiki software
  3. 3. what is it? inter-departmental project at the University College London an open access initiative
  4. 4. what is it? will be uploaded to UCL’s digital Bentham Papers repository and presented alongside high resolution image files <- virtual auto-icon
  5. 5. meaning, medium, & message this collaborative encoding work could only be completed online
  6. 6. meaning, medium, & message transcription is completed by mostly anonymous volunteer editors 4,424 folios transcribed
  7. 7. meaning, medium, & message interested in paleography? literature? philosophy? transcription?
  8. 8. meaning, medium, & message transcriptions will feed ongoing projects
  9. 9. accessibility & sustainability open access, open source http:/ /code.google.com/p/tb-transcription-desk/
  10. 10. accessibility & sustainability accessibility issues: reCaptcha, editing has a high learning curve
  11. 11. credit administrators money participants
  12. 12. documentation getting started & introductory encoding videos
  13. 13. documentation extensive transcription guidelines
  14. 14. documentation blog updated weekly with statistics, project news the Benthamometer
  15. 15. associated scholarship 150+ blog posts, articles, talks, and announcements
  16. 16. moving forward $538,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation major goal: redesigning the transcription desk
  17. 17. useful & compelling
  18. 18. image credits Slide 2: http:/ /www.transcribe-bentham.da.ulcc.ac.uk/td/skins/bentham-modern/TB-logo.gif Slide 3: http:/ /digitool-b.lib.ucl.ac.uk:8881/exlibris/dtl/u3_1/dtle/www_r_eng/icon/benthamlarge.jpg Slide 4: http:/ /www.ucl.ac.uk/Bentham-Project/who/autoicon/Virtual_Auto_Icon Slide 5: http:/ /www.transcribe-bentham.da.ulcc.ac.uk/td/index.php?title=JB/002/384/001&action=edit Slides 6 & 7: http:/ /www.transcribe-bentham.da.ulcc.ac.uk/td/Transcribe_Bentham Slide 8: http:/ /www.barnesandnoble.com/w/collected-works-of-jeremy-bentham-luke-osullivan/ 1102436737 Slides 9 & 10: http:/ /commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:MediaWiki_logos Slide 11: http:/ /www.ucl.ac.uk/transcribe-bentham/people/, http:/ /www.transcribebentham.da.ulcc.ac.uk/td/Transcribe_Bentham Slide 12: http:/ /www.transcribe-bentham.da.ulcc.ac.uk/td/Getting_Started Slide 13: http:/ /www.transcribe-bentham.da.ulcc.ac.uk/td/Help:Transcription_Guidelines Slide 14: http:/ /www.transcribe-bentham.da.ulcc.ac.uk/td/Transcribe_Bentham Slide 15: http:/ /beatl.barnard.columbia.edu/amciv/images.html Slide 16: http:/ /www.transcribe-bentham.da.ulcc.ac.uk/td/JB/051/285/002

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