Wittgenstein ontology

Wittgenstein ontology, exemplifying some of its basic concepts and functions.

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. It was developed further within the framework of the NordForsk funded JNUVWAB project (2008-11), and is today continued in the EU funded projects AGORA (2011-13) and DM2E (2012-14), and the Norwegian National Library funded project DIGITALE FULLTEKSTARKIV (DF) (2012-13) at the University of Bergen Library. For an early short slides overview of the ontology’s classes and relations and for application samples, see Alois Pichler’s presentation.

Contributors: Christian Erbacher (WAB; design, dissemination), Rune Jensen Falch (WAB; semantic markup of secondary sources, dissemination), Øyvind Liland Gjesdal (WAB; XSLT, RDF, OWL, dissemination), Heinz Wilhelm Krüger (WAB; semantic markup of secondary sources, semantic markup of Big Typescript complex, dissemination), Alois Pichler (WAB; all tasks, coordination), Deirdre Smith (WAB; semantic markup of secondary sources, semantic markup of Lecture on Ethics complex, semantic markup of Brown Book complex, dissemination), Mark Addis (Univ. of Aarhus and Birmingham City University; philosophy of mathematics terms, dissemination), Hans Biesenbach (author of “Anspielungen und Zitate in den Schriften Ludwig Wittgensteins”; Wittgenstein’s references to other authors and works), Steen Brock (Univ. of Aarhus; philosophy of psychology terms, dissemination), James M. Fielding (Univ. of Paris I; consultancy), James Klagge (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia; consultancy, subject terms), Jakub Macha (Masaryk University; consultancy, dissemination), Christian Morbidoni (author of Philospace and SwickyNotes; consultancy), Špela Vidmar (University of Ljubljana; semantic markup of On Certainty and Remarks on Colour manuscripts), Amélie Zöllner-Weber (author of “Figurenontologie”; consultancy, dissemination). Responsible editor and coordinator: Alois Pichler.


  • wittgenstein.owl (last changed 2013, June 25; CCPL BY-NC-SA): Intended primarily for the browsing of Wittgenstein’s writings (with Wittgenstein Source in focus) and their internal and external relations, including bibliographic metadata such as relations between Nachlass sources and “works”, references to persons and works of others, datings of the single remarks, and also text genetic paths. The ontology also permits interlinked browsing of relevant secondary sources, stemming mainly from the ALWS Kirchberg Wittgenstein symposia and WAB’s own publication series (see http://wab.uib.no/agora-alws/ and http://wab.uib.no/agora-wab/), including browsing of semantic metadata. The ontology is produced via XSLT extraction from XML-TEI(P5) versions of the source materials.
  • wittgenstein.owl (last changed 2013, November 1; CCPL BY-NC-SA): The same as above, with the following modification: The namespaces “:scho”, “:baseinst” and “:” are moved to resolvable URIs at http://purl.org/wittgensteinsource/.