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Bentham Papers to be Crowdsourced

Over at the UCL Digital Humanities Blog, you can read more about their plans for using crowdsourcing software to aid in the digitization of Jeremy Bentham’s papers …

The Bentham Papers Transcription Initiative is a highly innovative and novel attempt to aid in the transcription of Bentham’s work. A digitisation project will provide high quality scans of the papers, whilst an online transcription tool will be developed which will allow volunteers to contribute to the transcription effort: providing a “crowdsourcing” tool which will be used to manage contributions from the wider audience interested in Bentham’s work, including school students, and amateur historians.

The use of such a tool for the transcription of cultural and heritage material is novel, and UCL’s CIBER group will monitor the use of the online tool, providing an in-depth study of how such a crowdsourcing application was used during the year- long project.

I’ll be watching this one closely, agreeing that “such a tool for the transcription of cultural and heritage material is novel.”

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