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Crowdsourcing Bentham: Beyond the Traditional Boundaries of Academic History


Terras, MM; Causer, T; (2014) Crowdsourcing Bentham: beyond the traditional boundaries of academic history. International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing , 8 (1) (In press).

p.2: We demonstrate here that a crowdsourced initiative such as Transcribe Bentham can open up activities that were traditionally viewed as academic endeavors to a wider audience interested in history, whilst uncovering new, important historical primary source material. In addition, we see this as a switch in focus for those involved in digital humanities, highlighting the possibilities in using online and social media technologies for user engagement and participation in cultural heritage. -- Highlighted mar 13, 2014

p.6: Transcribe Bentham is a collaboration between a ‘traditional’ scholarly editorial project, historians, digital humanists, library professionals, digital curators, and experts in digitisation, with the project’s success reliant upon volunteers who have given—and continue to give—their valuable time and effort to benefit others. -- Highlighted mar 13, 2014

p.7: Only 369 (fifteen per cent) of the 2,454 registered users have transcribed anything, and almost two-thirds of those who have have worked on only one manuscript -- Highlighted mar 13, 2014

p.7: The overwhelming bulk of the transcription has been done by fifteen ‘Super Transcribers’, who comprise the strong core of Transcribe Bentham, and whose work generally requires minimal editorial intervention -- Highlighted mar 13, 2014