Oct 20, 2017 05:00 PM
End: Oct 22, 2017 06:00 PM
UCL have teamed up with IBM to hack the writings of the philosopher and social reformer Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832). Bentham wrote on a vast array of subjects including democratic reform, religion, crime and economics and his ideas on education inspired the founders of UCL.
Transcribe Bentham, part of the Bentham Project at UCL, is a digital humanities crowdsourcing initiative that asks members of the public to transcribe material written by Bentham. Transcripts produced by volunteers are made freely available online and are used by the Bentham Project in the production of the definitive edition of Bentham’s Collected Works.
Digital humanities projects like this bring new tools to the study of the humanities, making new kinds of research possible and contributing to an enhanced understanding of our cultural heritage.
Transcribe Bentham is working with IBM to explore the following question at the Bentham Hackathon:
How can digital technologies help us to research Bentham’s philosophy?
Join us for an intense and fun weekend of hacking and problem solving as we apply the best of IBM’s innovative technology to a vast and unparalleled dataset of Bentham’s manuscripts.
We’re looking for creative people with varied interests and skills like coding and developing, idea generating and pitching or knowledge of history, philosophy and digital humanities. All are welcome and can help solve these suggested challenges:
- How can we use keyword searching to explore Bentham’s writings?
- Can we use technology to decipher Bentham’s difficult handwriting?
- Can we build a user-friendly interface for navigating and transcribing documents?
- Can we build a more user-friendly version of the Transcribe Bentham crowdsourcing platform?
If you’re interested in…
- Contributing to an active and important UCL research project and learning about Jeremy Bentham
- Sharing ideas about the best ways to use digital technologies in humanities research
- Working collaboratively in diverse teams to tackle research challenges
- Working with IBM’s cutting-edge platforms and learning new tech skills
- Making new friends and connections