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XML Transformation: Interactive Dynamic Presentation (IDP) of WAB's Wittgenstein Nachlass Transcriptions

Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen (WAB)

Interactive Dynamic Presentation (IDP) of WAB's transcriptions of the Wittgenstein Nachlass [Work in progress]

With this interactive site users can filter and present WAB's transcriptions of the Wittgenstein Nachlass in their newest versions and according to some specific research needs (like, for example, filtering of texts according to Wittgenstein's "section marks" ("Randzeichen"), inclusion or omission of section marks, inclusion or omission of handwritten additions in typescripts, or combination of diplomatic and normalized parameters). One can thus prepare text versions that are possibly better tailored to one's research than the editorial outputs pre-produced by WAB, such as the outputs made available through the Bergen Electronic Edition (2000), HyperWittgenstein (2004-) or Wittgenstein Source (2009-). But one can also just prepare standard diplomatic or normalized versions of the single items. The transcriptions can be accessed via the drop-down menu under "Select a Nachlass item" below. To begin with, we suggest that users simply accept the default settings (= normalized parameters) and click the "ok" button at the bottom of the page. The site displays the transcriptions in HTML format. Users interested in the underlying XML transcriptions can find samples here.

This site had a precursor in the Using XML to generate research tools for Wittgenstein scholars by collaborative groupwork project (2002-03) where interactive dynamic presentation was applied to a part of Nachlass item Ms-101. With the Discovery (2006-09) and COST Action A32 (2006-10) projects, further items amounting to approx. 5000 pages were included. These items constituted the beginning of Wittgenstein Source; in the drop-down menu they are marked with "WS". Since May 27, 2016, this interactive site offers access to all of WAB's transcriptions of the Wittgenstein Nachlass, always with the most recent corrections and improvements included. An important part of the programming for the site was produced within the Norwegian Clarino project. For the site's maintenance and further development, WAB cooperates with the Section for Digital Services at the University of Bergen University Library.

Note that the transcriptions are draft versions and may contain mistakes; especially the rendering of graphics as well as logical and mathematical notation need correction and improvement. Items marked with + have been proofread since the publication of the Bergen Electronic Edition (in some cases this refers to the English parts of these items only). Some corrections and improvements have also been carried out in other items. We are grateful for any communication of transcription mistakes. Equally note that not all technical features are working yet, including hyperlinks to Wittgenstein Source in cases where the facsimile linked to is not yet available on the Wittgenstein Source site, and that different browsers may render the same HTML content differently or even faultily. We have noticed that especially Internet Explorer is not consistent in the display of format features, e.g. underlining.

Wittgenstein wrote mostly in German, but there are also items with large parts or entirely in English: MSS 139a and 139b (both Lecture on Ethics), 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 158, 159, 160, 161, 166 (Notes for the Philosophical Lecture), 181 (Privacy of Sense Data), 301 (Notes dictated to Moore); TSS 201a1 and 201a2 (both Notes on Logic), 207 (Lecture on Ethics), 226, 247, 309 (Blue Book), 310 (Brown Book). Well-known items in German language include MSS 101-103 (World War I diaries), 104 (Prototractatus), 142 (Philosophische Untersuchungen), TSS 202, 203, 204 (all three Logisch-Philosophische Abhandlung), 213 (Big Typescript), 220, 227a, 227b, 239 (all four Philosophische Untersuchungen).

The texts are made available by permission of The Master and Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge and the University of Bergen, Bergen, and in agreement with Oxford University Press with whom WAB cooperates towards a new Bergen Electronic Edition. Please pay special attention to the fact that only the items marked with "WS" are made available under the CCPL BY-NC-SA license. For all other items standard copyright regulations and permission restrictions apply. Copyright holders: The Master and Fellows of Trinity College, Cambridge; The University of Bergen, Bergen.

Use of this site should be acknowledged in the following way: Wittgenstein, Ludwig (2002-): Interactive Dynamic Presentation (IDP) of WAB's transcriptions of the Wittgenstein Nachlass [http://wab.uib.no/transform/wab.php?modus=opsjoner]. Bergen: WAB. Citations should be made with reference to the Bergen Electronic Edition (2000) or the Wittgenstein Source Bergen Nachlass Edition (2009-).

For questions and comments write to Alois Pichler from WAB.

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