University of Bergen

Wittgenstein Archives, University of Bergen

The Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen (WAB) is probably best known for the publication of “Wittgenstein’s Nachlass: The Bergen Electronic Edition” (Oxford, 2000). This edition contains all the manuscripts of Wittgenstein’s Nachlass on six CDs in facsimiles and both normalized and diplomatic versions. The edition is equipped with a range of search and analysis functions. WAB functions as a research infrastructure and project platform for research and development in philosophy, editorial philology, text encoding and, recently, also Semantic Web applications in the Humanities. WAB participated in the European Discovery project, where it published 5,000 pages of the Wittgenstein Nachlass OA on the Web and developed a Wittgenstein domain ontology for these texts.  WAB publishes its own series, the Publications from the Wittgenstein Archives at the University of Bergen. WAB also runs an interactive news portal for Wittgenstein scholars, called Wittgenstein News. Here users can post information about activities, publications and research opportunities. The Wittgenstein Archives is part of the University of Bergen Department of Philosophy.

Role in the AGORA Project


  • Alois Pichler is director of WAB. He coordinates WAB’s participation in Agora and its Work Package 4, Content preparation and publication. He also engages in daily project work and participates on all levels from tagging and editing to administration and report writing. Research interests include subjects from philosophy and the Digital humanities (and especially areas of intersections between the two). Relevant publications include (2010) “Towards the New Bergen Electronic Edition”, in: Wittgenstein After His Nachlass. Ed. Nuno Venturinha. History of Analytic Philosophy Series. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, and, together with A. Zöllner-Weber, (2007) “Utilizing OWL for Wittgenstein’s Tractatus”, in: Philosophie der Informationsgesellschaft / Philosophy of the Information Society. Ed. Herbert Hrachovec, Alois Pichler and Joseph Wang. Kirchberg am Wechsel: ALWS.
  • Rune J. Falch is a part-time researcher at WAB. He works with structural and semantic tagging, administration and dissemination on the Agora project. He is also employed as an lecturer at the Department of Philosophy and coordinates Examen philosophicum, an introductory course in philosophy obligatory for all Bachelor students. His studies include stints in Tromsø, Bergen and at the University of Wales, Swansea where he received an MA. Falch’s main research interests, philosophy of language, Wittgenstein and aesthetics, are reflected in the title of his 2001 dissertation “Pontificating on Art. Wittgenstein, Aesthetics and the Possibility and Role of Theory and Definition”.
  • Deirdre C. P. Smith is a part-time researcher at WAB. Under Agora, her work includes structural and semantic tagging as well as administration and dissemination. Her research interests are in ethics, philosophy of language, and more recently E-learning. During the Fall she teaches introductory courses in philosophy at the Law Faculty and courses in Academic Writing at the Humanities Faculty. She is currently working to tailor tools for digital analysis for use by students taking these courses. She is the secretary for the Research group for Wittgenstein related studies at the Department of Philosophy and regularly gives presentations in both philosophy and the digital humanities.
  • Wilhelm Krüger works as a researcher at WAB.  He was part of the Discovery project team that transcribed and published the machine-readable version of Wittgenstein’s Nachlass (BEE). In the Discovery project as well as in the ongoing Agora project, his task is to “ontologize” and enrich both Wittgenstein’s papers and the secondary literature on Wittgenstein with structural and semantic metadata. Working as a teacher at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Bergen University during the fall semester, Krüger’s main interests, besides Wittgenstein’s work and digital publishing, lie in analytic philosophy and the philosophy of science. As a member of the editorial board of WAB’s Working Papers, most of Krüger’s publications are related to Wittgenstein’s philosophy.
  • Steinar Thunestvedt is Head of administration at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Bergen. In the Agora project he performs and coordinates the administrative and economic tasks related to WAB’s participation. He is also member of the Governing Board in Agora. Thunestvedt holds a Bachelor’s degree (in philosophy, politics and economics) from the University of Bergen and a Master’s in Public Economics from Norwegian School of Economics.
  • Sindre Sørensen is an independent consultant, software developer and system administrator. He is delivering services to several projects in the digital humanities. In the Agora project at WAB he is tasked with installing, administrating and adopting software components, in cooperation with the technical teams of the other AGORA partners.

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