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. It was developed further within the framework of the NordForsk funded JNU VWAB 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 http://www.slideshare.net/DM2E/berlin-16161631 (January 2013).
  • wittgenstein.owl (last changed 2017, March 2; BY-NC 4.0): 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 and datings of the single remarks. The ontology is produced via XSLT extraction from XML-TEI(P5) versions of the source materials. Responsible editor and coordinator: Alois Pichler.
The files can be edited in ontology editors such as Protégé, and installed and browsed in Semantic Web desktop applications such as Philospace/SwickyNotes, LodPortal or Semantic Facets ontology browser.

Contributors: Alois Pichler (WAB; all tasks, coordination), 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), Deirdre Smith (WAB; semantic markup of secondary sources, semantic markup of Lecture on Ethics complex, semantic markup of Brown Book complex, dissemination). For the overall conception of the ontology WAB has received support from Christian Morbidoni and the European projects Discovery, Agora and DM2E as well as James M. Fielding (Univ. of Paris I) and Amélie Zöllner-Weber (author of "Figurenontologie"). For some specific branches of the ontology, WAB cooperates with the following external partners:

Literature:
  • M. Addis, S. Brock & A. Pichler (2015): Contributions to a Conceptual Ontology for Wittgenstein. In: Wittgenstein-Studien, Vol. 6, Issue 1 (April), pp. 257-276. Berlin/New York: De Gruyter. [doi: 10.1515/witt-2015-0111]
  • J. Mácha, R.J. Falch & A. Pichler (2013): Overlapping and competing ontologies in digital humanities. In: DH-CASE 2013 Conference Proceedings. New York: ACM International Conference Proceedings Series. [doi: 10.1145/2517978.2517984]
  • R.J. Falch, C. Erbacher & A. Pichler (2013): Some observations on developments towards the Semantic Web for Wittgenstein scholarship. In: Mind, Language and Action. Contributions of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society, pp. 119-121. Kirchberg am Wechsel: ALWS.
  • A. Pichler & A. Zöllner-Weber (2013): Sharing and debating Wittgenstein by using an ontology. In: Literary and Linguistic Computing 28/4. [doi: 10.1093/llc/fqt049]
For questions and comments write to Alois Pichler.