BEOL Project Bernoulli-Euler Online

Beol Ontology

The project Bernoulli-Euler Online (BEOL) integrates the two edition projects Basler Edition der Bernoulli-Briefwechsel (BEBB) and Leonhardi Euleri Opera Omnia (LEOO) into one digital platform available on the web. In addition, Jacob Bernoulli's scientific notebook Meditationes — a document of outstanding significance for the history of mathematics at its turning point around 1700 — will be published, offering a multilayer access to the user (facsimile, transcription, critical text, translations, indices, and commentaries). BEOL is implemented within Knora/SALSAH, a generic virtual research environment (VRE) for the humanities. Besides being an edition, BEOL will be a research platform for the study of early modern mathematics and science. It will also be interoperable with other digital platforms, which can interact with it via Knora's RDF-based data model and RESTful API. The goal of BEOL is thus twofold: It focuses on the mathematics influenced by the Bernoulli dynasty and Leonhard Euler and undertakes a methodological effort to present these materials to the public and researchers in a highly functional way.


Goethe Farbenlehre

The main of the project is to analyse the reception of Goethe’s 1810th work „Zur Farbenlehre“ (About the Theory of Colours) in Berlin in the first decades of the 19th century. Goethe claimed, his work has elicit mostly hostile reactions and got only seldom support. The work vanished soon after his publication, Goethe suggested. Reviews and critical remarks in the scholarly literature support this view.

In contrast, there are cues about the strong influence of Goethe’s work in Berlin over more than two decades. Scholars and scientists admitted in public to his „Farbenlehre“. Institutes were founded to support Goethe’s theory. Lectures were given on Goethe’s theory by L. von Hennings et al. And the painter Raabe travelled to Italy, to popularise Goethe’s „Farbenlehre“. In these processes Goethe was more than a passive spectator. He was actively involved in planning and evaluation of Raabe’s travel or Hennings’s lecture series, a ‚success story‘ of Goethe’s theory.

The project analysis for the first time this history of reception in his contexts. It take aim to unlock and to comment the historical sources and to evaluate systematically the detail of this outstanding historical processes. The results will be published as a monography in print and digital, linked with the sources and background information. The whole of the historical material (documents, transcriptions, comments) will be available online for further research. By doing so, the project will make an important contribution to the research on Goethe, to the history of sciences, the history of the Prussian cultural politics and on the bourgeois society in the first half of 19th century.

Archives on the move

Archives on the Move

The project Archives on the move aims at developing an attractive environment to use and explore the digitized photo archives of Kunsthalle Basel. In cooperation, an expandable online platform is being realized. Visual-based search options and content-related modules curated around selected topics make the content in the database available in a sophisticated way. It provides useful information on art historical contexts for scientists and the general public. The project demonstrates new front end presentations for image collections enriched with cultural contents. Its technological implementation counts on the advantages of the virtual research environment SALSAH/KNORA.

Shared Reading

Geteiltes Lernen

In our project, we examine the question of how digitization affects reading behavior among young people. We are specifically interested in how young people share literature and how it changes their social ties and reading behavior, their ability to speak and reflect on literature, their empathy, their ability to adopt perspectives and their ability to concentrate in order to be able to follow longer courses of action and complex figure constellations .

The study focuses on social reading and writing platforms such as “Wattpad”, on which millions of mostly young readers read and write literature every day. We use a social interactionist reading model to capture the changes more precisely. In the tradition of Jerome Bruners (1983) works on the social interactionist theory of language and storytelling and the text and discourse linguistic research by Uta Quasthoff (2011), Kate Nation (2018), Among other things, language and more complex forms of self-reflection and social participation in a pragmatic situation are learned (Discourse Acquisition Support System).


Pianzola, F., Rebora, S., & Lauer, G. (2020). Wattpad as a resource for literary studies. Quantitative and qualitative examples of the importance of digital social reading and readers ’comments in the margins. PLOSONE

Team: Dr. Brigitte Gasser, Dr. Maria Kraxenberger, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Lauer