The recent uptake of crowdsourcing has seen institutions and scholars engage the public in large-scale research ventures. By recruiting volunteers to transcribe the unpublished manuscripts of Jeremy Bentham, the award-winning Transcribe Bentham project engages students, researchers, scholars, and the general public alike with Bentham’s life and work. Tim Causer describes the project, and suggests that we should not underestimate the capabilities of volunteers.
Most people will know Jeremy Bentham as the proponent of the Panopticon prison, or for his being preserved and displayed as an auto-icon. But Bentham was a hugely influential thinker and prolific writer, who turned his attention to a wide range of subjects, ranging from economics, representative democracy, religion, social welfare, law, and sexual morality. (...) - LSE, Blog Impact of Social Sciences, by Tim Causer, November 7th, 2012