UCL’s work in READ will be led by the Bentham Project with assistance from the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities (UCLDH). The Bentham Project’s primary purpose is to produce the new scholarly edition of the writings of the British philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832). The mission of UCLDH is to bring together researchers working with new technologies in order to further humanities research. The Bentham Project and UCLDH, along with other partners, have collaborated since 2010 on the award-winning crowdsourced transcription initiative, Transcribe Bentham. The work of volunteer transcribers is uploaded to an open access digital repository and also forms the basis for the editorial work of the Bentham Project. Transcribe Bentham is widely recognized as being at the forefront of public engagement in humanities research.
Key responsibilities in READ: Dissemination, workshops, user satisfaction. Transcribe Bentham will demonstrate the ability of the READ platform to support scholarly editions and to involve volunteers via crowdsourcing tools.