Digital Wittgenstein projects

Wittgenstein Source (includes the “Nachlass”)
Wittgenstein Source provides free access to Wittgenstein primary sources. This includes facsimiles and text editions of Wittgenstein’s philosophical manuscripts (his “Nachlass”).

In AGORA’s semantic linking experiment carried out by CNR-ILIESI and UIB-WAB a subset of the content (scholarly articles, monographs) will be linked to related data sets (editions of texts, manuscripts) most of which are already available in the Philosource Federation.

This project is a cooperation between the Centrum für Informations- und Sprachverarbeitung (CIS) at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität München  and the Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen (WAB). The task of the project is to develop a FinderApp containing several computational tools which make Wittgenstein’s Nachlass better researchable.

Wittgenstein Ontology
A first version of WAB’s Wittgenstein ontology, exemplifying some of its basic concepts and functions (e.g. interlinking of primary source class instances on the one hand and philosophical subject class instances on the other), was produced by WAB in cooperation with Christian Morbidoni (Philospace/SwickyNotes) and the consortium of the EU funded DISCOVERY project in the period 2006-09.

With this interactive site, users can filter and present WAB’s transcriptions of 5000 pages of the Wittgenstein Nachlass according to more specific research needs, and thus prepare Nachlass editions which may be more suited for their research than the editorial outputs pre-produced by WAB (such as the editions available from HyperWittgenstein, Wittgenstein Source or the Bergen Electronic Edition).

WAB 5000
WAB 5000 is a corpus of 5000 manually transcribed pages composed of various manuscripts and typescripts from Wittgensteins Nachlass in XML (TEI-P5) and HTML output (different versions) formats, XSLT stylesheets, Web interface.

PhiloSURFical is a prototype application built to experiment some functionalities which are enabled by the growing Semantic Web: data are distributed, but can be coherently recollected by means of their semantic description. It’s like if the whole Web could be treated as a giant database: we can query it in interesting ways, so to dynamically reorganize it depending on the context we are looking from.


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