“Tracing Wittgenstein” is an international research project exploring the Nachlass of Ludwig Wittgenstein while using and developing new tools for net-based scholarly collaboration.

Up to now digital editions have primarily been used on single computers. Compared to traditional books they provide more convenient ways to handle texts and to perform keyword searches on large copora. The Bergen Electronic Edition (BEE) is a significant achievement in this respect.

Yet, the availability of classical texts in digital form is just the beginning of a new kind of philological enterprise. Tracing Wittgenstein expect considerable progress by shifting the focus from local computers to net-based systems. Their goals include: (i) to produce new paradigms, standards, tools and techniques for¬†distributed digital environements (ii) to explore and demonstrate their benefit in practice while commenting on and analyzing manuscripts from Wittgenstein’s Nachlass.

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