I thought this was a very interesting announcement. It came through on a Digital Humanities list.
The Bentham Project at UCL seeks the assistance of willing participants
in an initiative to transcribe the manuscripts of philosopher and
reformer Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832).
Today sees the launch of the Transcribe Bentham Transcription Desk, an
online tool designed to harness the efforts of all Bentham fans –
whether schoolchildren, history enthusiasts, academics or armchair
philosophers – to bring his work into the digital age and the world at
The Transcription Desk allows participants to transcribe material from
facsimile images of Bentham’s previously unpublished manuscripts. The
resulting transcripts will be included in a freely-accessible database
of Bentham’s Manuscripts at UCL, and will assist in the preparation of
future printed volumes of The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham at the
Transcribe Bentham is a joint initiative of the Bentham Project, UCL
Centre for Digital Humanities, University of London Computer Centre, and
UCL Library Services, and is supported by the AHRC.
– Dr Justin Tonra Research Associate, Bentham Project University College London +44 (0)20 7679 3607