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
) (2012-13) at the University of Bergen Library. For an early short slides overview of the ontologys classes and relations and for application samples, see Alois Pichler's presentation
- 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
or Semantic Facets ontology browser
(WAB; all tasks, coordination), Christian Erbacher
(WAB; design, dissemination),
(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),
(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
as well as James M. Fielding
(Univ. of Paris I) and Amélie
(author of "Figurenontologie"). For some specific branches of the ontology, WAB cooperates with the following external partners:
- 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