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Exploiting Ampère's corpus – AMPERE 2014

Submission summary

This project starts from the consideration that it is time conjugating inquiry on a scientific corpus with information technology research tools. Until now the building of information technology infrastructures for scientific corpora is mainly devoted to make available the images and the transcription of the texts. AMPERE2014 starts from the already existing electronic resource “@Ampère et l’histoire de l’éléctricité” ( and intends to exploit Ampère’s corpus, which is qualitatively and quantitatively impressive. Ampère wrote thousands of pages and discussed the most important subjects of the sciences in the first third of the Nineteenth century, proposed a vast inquiry into philosophy, and analyzed both knowledge and its creative process. Main aim of AMPERE2014 is to empower analysis of and research on Ampère’s corpus through IT applications. This project is planned in order to perform analysis, comparison and connection among elements within the different texts (publications, manuscripts, correspondence, private writings,) of Ampère’s corpus. It will be a process from indexing, to the production of semantics interrelations, until actual research: a real synthesis between scholarship and information technology, something that is in fact a novelty in history of science and inquiry into scientific corpora.

Project coordination

Christine BLONDEL (Centre Alexandre-Koyré) –

The author of this summary is the project coordinator, who is responsible for the content of this summary. The ANR declines any responsibility as for its contents.


ATILF Analyse et Traitement Informatique de la Langue Française
CAK Centre Alexandre-Koyré

Help of the ANR 240,000 euros
Beginning and duration of the scientific project: February 2013 - 36 Months

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