The unexpected reader

Unexpected reader - Keynote

Unexpected reader – Keynote

I am very proud to have been invited to give the first keynote of DH2017. I would be very happy to have the opportunity to meet you in Montreal ! To follow me in English : https://twitter.com/openmarin and in French : https://twitter.com/marindacos

The unexpected reader

The digital humanities project is based on the principle of open access <https://tcp.hypotheses.org/411>. However, most studies on open access have focused either on the production of content or on citations. Readers to whom access is offered are rarely studied, and as a consequence we know especially little about them. This can primarily be explained by the fact that very little data is available about them, but also by significant methodological obstacles. To make the study of usages more dynamic, we are proposing an approach based on rare and massive data, which make it possible to renew our approach to the question of access. We have chosen to focus our initial research on the unexpected reader. Put forward by Phil Bourne, the notion of the unexpected reader has been highly successful in providing political justification for open access. Yet no study has ever been able to confirm the existence of such a reader, beyond the famous example of Meredith. Pierre-Carl Langlais, Joël Gombin, Elodie Faath and I, all members of the OpenEdition Lab team, have developed an unexpected reader detector. This is the first stage in a long-term research project on the different uses that are made of journals, books, blogs and events produced in the humanities and social sciences and published in open access.

Marin Dacos (CNRS) is the founder and director of OpenEdition. He has been awarded two Google Digital Humanities Research Awards (2010 and 2011) and the CNRS Innovation Medal (2016). He is scientific advisor for open science to the director-general of research and innovation at the Ministry for Research (France).


Marin Dacos

Marin Dacos (CNRS) is the founder and director of OpenEdition. He has been awarded two Google Digital Humanities Research Awards (2010 and 2011) and the CNRS Innovation Medal (2016). He is scientific advisor for open science to the director-general of research and innovation at the Ministry for Research (France).

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Marin Dacos (CNRS) is the founder and director of OpenEdition. He has been awarded two Google Digital Humanities Research Awards (2010 and 2011) and the CNRS Innovation Medal (2016). He is scientific advisor for open science to the director-general of research and innovation at the Ministry for Research (France).

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