Open Humanities Awards: FinderApp WITTFind

This is the final in a series of posts from Dr Maximilian Hadersbeck, the recipient of the DM2E Open Humanities Awards – DM2E track. You can read the final research paper here (in German).

The research group “Wittgenstein in Co-Text” worked on extending the FinderApp WiTTFind tool, which is currently used for exploring and researching Wittgenstein’s Big Typescript TS-213 (BT), to the rest of the 5000 pages of Wittgenstein’s Nachlass that are made freely available by the Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen and are used as linked data software from the DM2E project. Our work in January focused on finishing the final milestone of our project, finalizing the device and browser independent multidoc web frontend, successful placing a publication of our project. We close off our blogging series with some final remarks and a look in the future

Delivering the final milestone
We finished our gitlab and docker environment to produce a high quality FinderApp for Digital Humanity projects running under different operating systems. The git-server site is developed and offers all software modules. After extensive working and testing the development server we finalized and transferred the new FinderApp WiTTFind to our master-server, reachable under the permalink http://wittfind.cis.uni-muenchen.de.

To present our extensive work during our git-server based program development, we show in figure 1 a small excerpt of our issue management and branching concept at our git-server. There you see around 20 features, which where finished within the final milestone.

Finalizing the device and browser independent multidoc web-frontend
After finishing the development work of our bootstrap based FinderApp, we finalized our new multidoc web frontend and will also transfer it to our WiTTFind master server.

Starting in February, we will offer a browser- and device-independent web frontend which works with the same look & feel on mobile devices, tablet computers and arbitrary browsers. In figure 2 you see a screenshot of our new bootstrap driven webpage, reachable under our permalink address: http://wittfind.cis.uni-muenchen.de.

Successful placing a publication
One aim in our project was to place a publication of our work at an important congress. We followed the call for papers of the conference Digital Humanities im deutschsprachigen Raum – DhD 2015 (23-27 February 2015, Graz, Austria) and sent a paper and a poster to the conference committee. Both were evaluated well and accepted. In Graz, we will be presenting the paper “Wittgensteins Nachlass: Erkenntnisse und Weiterentwicklung der FinderApp WiTTFind“. The speaker will be Maximilian Hadersbeck. Co-authors to the text are Alois Pichler, Florian Fink, Daniel Bruder and Ina Arends. The poster which will be presented gives a demo of our project and has the title “Wittgensteins Nachlass: Aufbau und Demonstration der FinderApp WiTTFind und ihrer Komponenten.” The authors of the poster are Yuliya Kalasouskaya, Matthias Lindinger, Stefan Schweter and Roman Capsamun. Both presentations can be found in the programme of the conference: https://www.conftool.pro/dhd2015/sessions.php

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Open Access to Wittgenstein Nachlass

Trinity College Cambridge in co-operation with the Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen is producing a new Nachlass facsimile of Wittgenstein originals which will be made freely available online.

A new facsimile edition of the entire Nachlass, using cutting edge technology, is in the process of being completed, and it is anticipated that the first images will be available by the end of September 2014. Importantly, the Nachlass will be made available on an open-access basis. The project has been planned for some considerable time, and is made possible through a partnership between Trinity College Cambridge, the University of Bergen and the Stanhill Foundation.
Jonathan Smith, Archivist and Modern MSS Cataloguer at the Wren Library at Trinity College, said: ‘The Wittgenstein archives contain some of the most important philosophical material produced in the 20th century. Providing a new version of the works by utilizing the most up to date technology is very exciting, and a great additional resource for Wittgenstein scholars all over the world.’ He added: ‘We have a long standing working relationship with the Wittgenstein Archives in Bergen, and this cooperation is simply a reflection of our trust and admiration for their expertise and our shared commitment to Wittgenstein.’

Alois Pichler

Professor Alois Pichler, the head of the Wittgenstein Archive said:

‘The University of Bergen has continued to support the Bergen Electronic Edition, but we have always known that a new edition that takes full advantage of new technology would have to be created. That the new facsimile will be free for all who wish to access it is an amazing gift to Wittgenstein scholarship.’

Ilyas Khan, Chairman and Founder of the Stanhill Foundation, commented: ‘The Foundation has a long-standing tradition of supporting research and scholarship into the work of Wittgenstein. It’s been such a privilege being part of this project from inception, and to now see it come alive is utterly amazing. A whole new generation of Wittgenstein scholars will have free, total and unmediated access to the Nachlass as a whole, which is exactly how it should be. I am greatly indebted to Trinity College Cambridge for being the essential enabler here. It is a noble act of great generosity that should not be underestimated.’
The Stanhill Foundation supports the BWS, and we are extremely grateful for its further support in enabling a project that so invaluably extends to the whole community of Wittgenstein students and scholars.

Read the full press release.

WAB 5000

WAB 5000 is a corpus of 5000 manually transcribed pages composed of various manuscripts and typescripts from Wittgensteins Nachlass.

The parts of the Wittgenstein Nachlass include selections from:

  • the Notes on Logic complex: TS 201a1, TS 201a2 (1913-14);
  • the Lecture on Ethics complex: MS 139a, TS 207 (1929);
  • the Big Typescript complex: MS 114, MS 115 (first part), MS 153a, MS 153b, MS 154, MS 155, MS 156a, MS 148, MS 149, MS 150, TS 212, TS 213 (1931-34);
  • the Brown Book complex: MS 115 (second part), MS 140 (p. 39v), MS 141, MS 152, TS 310 (1934-36).
Type Corpus in XML (TEI-P5) and HTML output (different versions) formats, XSLT stylesheets, Web interface
Size More than 2 million words
Languages German and English
Rightholders
  • The Master and Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge
  • Bertrand Russell Archives, Ontario (Ts-201a1, Ts-201a2)
  • Oxford University Press, Oxford
  • University of Bergen, Bergen
  • Uni Research, Bergen
Access & reuse policy Creative Commons General Public License Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-Alike version 3.0 (CC-BY-NC-SA)
Location The Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen
Ms-114 Diplomatic presentation Normalized presentation Alternatives presentation Facsimile XML
Ms-115 Diplomatic presentation Normalized presentation Alternatives presentation Facsimile XML
Ms-139a Diplomatic presentation Normalized presentation Alternatives presentation Facsimile XML
Ms-140,39v Diplomatic presentation Normalized presentation Alternatives presentation Facsimile XML
Ms-141 Diplomatic presentation Normalized presentation Alternatives presentation Facsimile XML
Ms-148 Diplomatic presentation Normalized presentation Alternatives presentation Facsimile XML
Ms-149 Diplomatic presentation Normalized presentation Alternatives presentation Facsimile XML
Ms-150 Diplomatic presentation Normalized presentation Alternatives presentation Facsimile XML
Ms-152 Diplomatic presentation Normalized presentation Alternatives presentation Facsimile XML
Ms-153a Diplomatic presentation Normalized presentation Alternatives presentation Facsimile XML
Ms-153b Diplomatic presentation Normalized presentation Alternatives presentation Facsimile XML
Ms-154 Diplomatic presentation Normalized presentation Alternatives presentation Facsimile XML
Ms-155 Diplomatic presentation Normalized presentation Alternatives presentation Facsimile XML
Ms-156a Diplomatic presentation Normalized presentation Alternatives presentation Facsimile XML
Ts-201a1 Diplomatic presentation Normalized presentation Typewritten-text-only presentation Alternatives presentation Facsimile XML
Ts-201a2 Diplomatic presentation Normalized presentation Typewritten-text-only presentation Alternatives presentation Facsimile XML
Ts-207 Diplomatic presentation Normalized presentation Typewritten-text-only presentation Alternatives presentation Facsimile XML
Ts-212 Diplomatic presentation Normalized presentation Typewritten-text-only presentation Alternatives presentation Facsimile XML
Ts-213 Diplomatic presentation Normalized presentation Typewritten-text-only presentation Alternatives presentation Facsimile XML
Ts-310 Diplomatic presentation Normalized presentation Typewritten-text-only presentation Alternatives presentation Facsimile XML

HyperWittgenstein

What
Interactive site to filter and present WAB’s transcriptions of 5000 pages of the Wittgenstein Nachlass.

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

This is still a draft version, and the range of options will be extended. For questions and comments write to Alois Pichler.

Corpus
Nachlass (WAB 5000)

Who
WAB

Where
http://wab.uib.no/transform/wab.php?modus=opsjoner

Kulturen & Werte

kringel

“Wittgensteins Kringel-Buch als Initialtext”
27 – 30.4.2011
LMU München

Wittgensteins KRINGEL-BUCH als Initialtext wird als internationale Veranstaltung ausgerichtet an der Fakultät für Philosophie, Wissenschaftstheorie und Religionswissenschaft – Lehrstuhl I: Prof. Vossenkuhl – der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in München vom 28. bis 30. April 2011 LMU-Hauptgebäude / Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1 / Raum M 210

Wittgensteins Werk ist in eminenter Art und Weise sein Nachlass. Am Beispiel des bisher in der Forschung vollkommen übersehenen so genannten Wittgensteinschen KRINGEL-BUCHES – das im Jahr 2008 in München am Philosophie Department der LMU entdeckt, rekonstruiert und transkribiert wurde – kann mit biographischen, philologischen und philosophischen Argumenten gezeigt werden, dass gerade dieses von Wittgenstein selbst konzipierte „Buch“ nicht nur einen einmaligen Initialtext zu einem adäquateren Verständnis von Wittgensteins philosophischem Denken und Tun darstellt, sondern zudem als höchst aktueller interdisziplinärer Initialtext für die Thematik KULTUREN & WERTE anzusehen ist.

Als Vortragende konnten international und interdisziplinär (Philosophie, Philologie, Literatur-, Musik- und Kulturwissenschaft) gewonnen werden: Marco Brusotti (Lecce/Berlin), Katrin Eggers (Hannover), Hans-Johann Glock (Zürich), Wolfgang Huemer (Parma), Peter Keicher (Wien), Wolfgang Kienzler (Jena), Matthias Kroß (Potsdam), Stefan Majetschak (Kassel), Juha Manninen (Helsinki), Sandra Markewitz (Bielfeld), Verena Mayer (München), Johannes Leopold Mayer (Wien), Brian McGuinness (Oxford/Siena), Marjorie Perloff (Los Angeles), Friedo Ricken (München), Josef Rothhaupt (München), Hans Julius Schneider (Potsdam), Ilse Somavilla (Innsbruck), David Stern (Iowa City), Gabriele Tomasi (Padua), Wilhelm Vossenkuhl (München), Thomas Wallgren (Helsinki).

Tagungsleitung: Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Vossenkuhl / PD Dr. Josef G. F. Rothhaupt

Die Teilnahme an dieser Tagung ist öffentlich und kostenlos möglich.

From:
http://www.philosophie.uni-muenchen.de/lehreinheiten/philosophie_5/aktuelles/kulturen_u_werte/index.html