Knowledge is a weapon: Innovation Medal 2016 – Acceptance Speech

OpenEdition. Photo by Marin Dacos. Licence CC BY. 2016.

OpenEdition. Photo by Marin Dacos. Licence CC BY. 2016.

Knowledge is a weapon

Innovation Medal 2016 – Acceptance Speech

Your Honours

the Minister,

the Chairman of the CNRS,

the Presidents and Vice-Presidents,

the Directors of Institutes,

Ladies and gentlemen,


Receiving the Innovation Medal 2016 is, in my eyes, so much more than a personal accolade.

Most of all, it marks the coming-of-age of what is now a twenty-year-old movement, but which has long remained on the sidelines: the open access movement, that is to say digital publishing stripped of any technical, legal or commercial barrier to the reader.

It is also about recognising the crucial role that the humanities and social sciences play in our understanding of the world. Understanding the world in its immense complexity: that is a noble and necessary ambition – both for the mind and for action. Because understanding the world is the first step towards changing it. In these troubled times, more than ever before, knowledge is a weapon – the most noble and pacific of weapons. And OpenEdition is our canon of common ideas.

That applies to all the domains which OpenEdition promotes through its 400 journals on, its 3,000 books on OpenEdition Books, its 1,500 research blogs on Hypotheses, and its 30,000 events on Calenda. The field is vast.

From the environmental sciences to the sociology of religions, from sustainable development to communications issues, from the French Journal of Pedagogy to the history of women and gender, from the sociology of work to the study of the relations indigenous peoples have with their environment, from research against poverty to sinology, from research in economics to studies on the transformations of family life, from the study of the Muslim worlds to the anthropology of health, from public ethics to geography, from African studies to rural studies, from American studies to inaugural lectures delivered at the Collège de France … This random sample should whet your appetite. It indicates the fundamental areas of research and the stakes involved when it comes to how society appropriates these results.

But all knowledge would be invisible were it padlocked behind tolls. It would be sterile, restricted to a few oases of knowledge in a desert of ignorance.

Thanks to open access, OpenEdition attracted 30 million unique visitors in 2015, i.e. 30 million readers. The 10 000 authors published on the OpenEdition platforms have thus been connected to their readership, their whole readership. Not a bad result for a literature with a reputation for being soporific, er … I mean “scientific”!

Receiving the Innovation Medal 2016 is also an opportunity to underline the close cooperation that exists between the human and social sciences and information science, which is way to do digital humanities. In concert with Patrice Bellot, we are leading research & development programmes co-funded by Investments for the Future and Google.

Receiving the Innovation Medal 2016 is also an opportunity to thank the institutions that have placed their trust in us: the University of Avignon, the EHESS, the CNRS, Aix-Marseille University, and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

Last, but definitely not least, receiving the Innovation Medal 2016 is an opportunity to thank all the fellow travellers who believed in this adventure that is the wide and open diffusion of knowledge. Despite what some claim, society has never read more than it does today. It’s up to us to feed it with sound and comprehensible content arising out of the best research, and, more generally, with bibliodiversity.

None of this would have been possible without the contribution of over 200 people. I first and foremost wish to thank all the members of the Centre for Open Electronic Publishing (Cléo), past and present, as well as the members of OpenEdition’s Academic Boards. Through their skills and day-to-day work, through their expertise and dynamism, they have striven to build what has become a research infrastructure of international scope.

I cannot conclude before thanking those close to me, who were there when the storm was rumbling, and most of all Antonin, Ludivine and Lili. They know very well that without them, nothing would have been possible.

I hope I have whetted your appetite for knowledge and convinced you to drink, every day, at the spring of the humanities and social sciences. If knowledge is a weapon, that is because it is food for the mind.


Video (in French)

Marin Dacos, directeur d’OpenEdition par CNRS


Thank you

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to OpenEdition (1999–2016)!

  1. Abbou Julie
  2. André Pierre
  3. Andreani Matthieu
  4. Angelinetti Nahuel
  5. Audet René
  6. Azofra Elena
  7. Barthonnat Céline
  8. Barts Nicolas
  9. Beigbeder Juliette
  10. Bellot Patrice
  11. Benkoussas Chahinez
  12. Beorchia David
  13. Bérénice Élodie
  14. Berland Yvon
  15. Berra Aurélien
  16. Berthaud Christine
  17. Bertin Denis
  18. Bertrand Jean-Baptiste
  19. Bertrand Paul
  20. Bester Emma
  21. Blanchard Antoine
  22. Blidon Marianne
  23. Boistel Romain
  24. Boivin Remy
  25. Bonijol Christophe
  26. Boubekki Amirouche
  27. Bourdelais Patrice
  28. Bremond Emilie
  29. Briatte François
  30. Brouard Thomas
  31. Burgat Camille
  32. Camp Romain
  33. Carmona Mélanie
  34. Cassé Corinne
  35. Castro Felipe
  36. Cavallo Delphine
  37. Caverni Jean-Paul
  38. Cénou Bruno
  39. Chabrol Arnaud
  40. Chakor Zahia
  41. Chambost David
  42. Charnay Daniel
  43. Chatelain Cédric
  44. Chènetier Marc
  45. Chérifa Boukacem
  46. Cibois Philippe
  47. Cixous Mikaël
  48. Clavet Martin
  49. Clivaz Claire
  50. Clouet Florentin
  51. Cluze Christelle
  52. Cordier Arnaud
  53. Cornet Séverine
  54. Contat Odile
  55. Courel Marie-Françoise
  56. D’Andrea Eve
  57. Dang Aline
  58. Danyel Jürgen
  59. Daudé Raphaëlle
  60. Dazin François-Jean
  61. del Río Gimena
  62. Delhaye Marlène
  63. Donati Caroline-Sophie
  64. Dozo Björn-Olav
  65. Droz Rahaël
  66. Ducasse Jean-Paul
  67. Duchemin Éric
  68. Dulong Martin
  69. Dulong de Rosnay Melanie
  70. Dupuy Lise
  71. Durand Anne
  72. Escalier Ingrid
  73. Faath Élodie
  74. Fajri Mokhtar
  75. Faure Mireille
  76. Faury Mélodie
  77. Fays Clara
  78. Fernandes João
  79. Ferrah Samia
  80. Fleury Emmanuelle
  81. Fouga Céline
  82. Gabas Aliette
  83. García Jurado Francisco
  84. Gaultier Cédric
  85. Gendre Patrick
  86. Gentil-Beccot Anne
  87. George Lisa
  88. Gersmann Gudrun
  89. Giglia Elena
  90. Gilet Julien
  91. Girardin Sophie
  92. Giraud Frédérique
  93. González-Blanco Elena
  94. Grosdemouge François
  95. Gruselle Elise
  96. Guigonis Sandra
  97. Guillaud Hubert
  98. Guilleux Céline
  99. Gunthert André
  100. Haber Peter
  101. Hamdan Hussam
  102. Hammou Karim
  103. Haroutiounian Roland
  104. Hautcoeur Pierre-Cyrille
  105. Hernandez Émilie
  106. Hervieu-Léger Danièle
  107. Heuzé Mathieu
  108. Holguin Véronica
  109. Horstkemper Gregor
  110. Htait Amal
  111. Huber Martin
  112. Igounet Stéphane
  113. Jacob Christian
  114. Kaiser Michael
  115. Kempf Jean
  116. Kim Young-Min
  117. Koenig-Pralong Catherine
  118. Kohle Hubertus
  119. Kulesz Octavio
  120. Lauer Gerhard
  121. Le Marec Joëlle
  122. Le Pape Loïc
  123. Lemaire Sonia
  124. Lemardelé Elise
  125. Lemercier Claire
  126. Lenclud Gérard
  127. Lepape Annick
  128. Lhuillier Laurent
  129. Maia Marta
  130. Malafosse Sophie
  131. Mandin Delphine
  132. Marziani Lara
  133. Mas François-Xavier
  134. Masse Jean-Pierre
  135. Masclet de Barbarin Marie
  136. Mayaud Jean-Luc
  137. Mazella Florence
  138. Mazmanian Anna
  139. Mercklé Pierre
  140. Mignot Pierre-Alain
  141. Miraucourt Bastien
  142. Monnet Éric
  143. Moulin Claudine
  144. Mounier Pierre
  145. Murzilli Nancy
  146. Muscinési Frédérique
  147. Nutten Nicolas
  148. Olivier Myriam
  149. Ollagnier Anaïs
  150. Orban de Xivry Mathieu
  151. Pacaud François
  152. Parlati Luigia
  153. Paveau Marie-Anne
  154. Pellen Marie
  155. Pellicer Ingrid
  156. Pereira de Resende Pedroso de Lima Maria Antónia
  157. Perret Mélanie
  158. Petiteau Natalie
  159. Peyssard Jean-Christophe
  160. Pfanzelter Eva
  161. Picard Élodie
  162. Picard Ghislain
  163. Picard Emmanuelle
  164. Pirastru Andrea
  165. Piron Sylvain
  166. Placial Claire
  167. Playe Adeline
  168. Poplimont Stéphane
  169. Prieto Hélène
  170. Puelles Andoni Alonso
  171. Pumain Denise
  172. Rabier Christelle
  173. Radovič Daša
  174. Rapp Andrea
  175. Renard Chloé
  176. Rey Olivier
  177. Rivière Jean-Francois
  178. Roignant Lucie
  179. Romary Laurent
  180. Rosso Stéphanie
  181. Roulet Solène
  182. Roux Dominique
  183. Roux Sophie
  184. Sama Acedo Sara
  185. Santoni Jean-André
  186. Sauter Catherine
  187. Secondat de Montesquieu Inès
  188. Seiler-Juilleret Hélène
  189. Smaniotto Alessia
  190. Sofio Séverine
  191. Soille Benjamin
  192. Spriet Thierry
  193. Tamarin Michel
  194. Tavernier Jade
  195. Terrier Caroline
  196. Texier Amandine
  197. Thérizols Julie
  198. Théry Hervé
  199. Thibault Françoise
  200. Tomlinson Helen
  201. Torny Didier
  202. Trouvé Mathieu
  203. Verger Emmanuelle
  204. Vettori Benjamin
  205. Vidal Frédéric
  206. Vilches Alvarez Pamela
  207. Vital Claire
  208. Weber Yann
  209. Zaharia Alina
  210. Zotian Elsa




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Marin Dacos (2016, 20 juin). Knowledge is a weapon: Innovation Medal 2016 – Acceptance Speech. Blogo-numericus. Consulté le 24 juin 2024, à l’adresse

Marin Dacos

Marin Dacos is the founder of OpenEdition and is now Open Science Advisor at the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. He has been awarded two Google Digital Humanities Research Awards (2010 and 2011) and the CNRS Innovation Medal (2016).

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Marin Dacos is the founder of OpenEdition and is now Open Science Advisor at the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. He has been awarded two Google Digital Humanities Research Awards (2010 and 2011) and the CNRS Innovation Medal (2016).

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