Rémi Mathis

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Rémi Mathis
Rémi Mathis - AG WMFR 2012-05-26.jpg
Rémi Mathis, May 2012
Born (1982-11-20) 20 November 1982 (age 33)
Employer Bibliothèque nationale de France
Awards Wikipedian of the Year (2013)
recorded March 2013

Rémi Mathis FRSA, (born 20 November 1982) is a French historian, curator, and free-culture advocate.

Early life[edit]

Rémi Mathis graduated from the École Nationale des Chartes in 2007. The following year he obtained his degree from the National School of Information Science and Libraries.[citation needed]


Mathis was in charge of the library of humanities and social science at the Paris Descartes University from 2008 to 2010. Since 2010, he has been a curator for 17th century collections at the Department of Prints and Photographs of the National Library of France. He is the editor of the library's Nouvelles de l'estampe.[1] He is a member of the National Committee for French Engraving (fr) (French: Comité national de l'estampe).[2]

Mathis' research focuses on the 17th century, specifically Jansenism and diplomatic history. His dissertation, written under the supervision of Lucien Bély and Olivier Poncet, focuses on Simon Arnauld de Pomponne.[3] In 2012, he wrote a book about Pomponne and Robert Arnauld d'Andilly.[4] He has contributed to Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature.[5]

Free culture advocacy[edit]

Mathis is active in promoting the legalization of freedom of panorama in France.[6] He also advocates against the privatization of the digitization of public-domain works.[7] His work in the culture sector and free culture movement has earned him the nickname "Janus de la transmission," by Le Magazine littéraire.[8]

He serves as President of Wikimedia France.[1] In April 2013, the French interior intelligence agency Direction centrale du renseignement intérieur (DCRI) pressured Mathis into deleting the French language Wikipedia article about the Military radio station of Pierre-sur-Haute, under threat of detention and criminal charge.[9][10] Later, the article was restored by another Wikipedia contributor based in Switzerland.[11][12]

He was named Wikipedian of the Year by Jimmy Wales at Wikimania 2013.[13]


  • De la négociation à la relation d'ambassade : Simon Arnauld de Pomponne et sa deuxième ambassade de Suède (1671), Revue d'histoire diplomatique, 2005, 3, p. 263–276
  • Simon Arnauld de Pomponne, secrétaire d'État des Affaires étrangères de Louis XIV (1618–1699), thesis. O. Poncet and L. Bely, 2007, 2 vols. (Vol. 1, text, 691 p., Vol. 2, vouchers, 621 p.)
  • Un Arnauld à l'hôtel de Rambouillet : note sur un poème inconnu d'Henri Arnauld, évêque janséniste d'Angers. 17th century 2008, 4, p. 725–730.
  • Les « mondes à part » : représentations symboliques et critiques de la mise à l'écart au XVIIe siècle. Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 73, 2010 (with G. Louis and F. Poulet).
  • Les bibliographies nationales rétrospectives. Entre recherche d’identité et identité de la recherche. Saarbrücken: European University Publishing, 2010, 120 p. ISBN 9786131510113.
  • Politique, jansénisme et sociabilité dans le Comminges du Grand Siècle : l'amitié entre Gilbert de Choiseul, évêque de Comminges, et Simon Arnauld de Pomponne, 1659–1662. 2011.
  • Le Solitaire et le Ministre : autour de la correspondance Arnauld d'Andilly-Arnauld de Pomponne (1642–1673), Paris, Nolin, 2012 (coll. Univers Port-Royal, 21), 272 p. ISBN 9782910487409.
  • Ruine et survie de Port-Royal (1679–1713). Proceedings of the conference convened by Hermann Sylvio De Franceschi and Rémi Mathis. Paris, Society of Friends of Port-Royal, 2012.


  1. ^ a b "Mathis, Rémi (1982–....)" (in French). BnF. 
  2. ^ BNF, RA 2010 – Report Schedule 3 – Research, June 2011, ref. BnF-ADM-2011-042266-01
  3. ^ School Library charters, 2007, No. 2, p. 701
  4. ^ The Solitaire Minister: around the Arnauld correspondence Andilly Pomponne-Arnauld (1642–1673) , foreword by Olivier Poncet, Paris: Nolin (coll. "Universe Port Royal", 21), 2012, ( ISBN 9782910487409 )
  5. ^ The "Worlds Apart": critical and symbolic representations of sidelining the xviith century , dir. R. Mathis, G. Louis, F. Chicken, Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature , 38, 73, 2010.
  6. ^ Mathis, Rémi (27 September 2011) Rendre aux Français leur paysage architectural. Lemonde.fr. Retrieved on 9 April 2013.
  7. ^ Rovere, Maxime Rémi Mathis – Le Président de Wikimédia France est un passeur de savoirs. madfor, p. 17
  8. ^ Transmission, Wikipédia et estampes… Interview au Magazine littéraire « À la Toison d’or. Alatoisondor.wordpress.com, 2 April 2012.
  9. ^ Willsher, Kim (7 April 2013). "French secret service accused of censorship over Wikipedia page". Guardian. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Kleinz, Torsten (6 April 2013). "Französischer Geheimdienst verlangt Löschung eines Wikipedia-Artikels". Heise Online (in German). Heise. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "French homeland intelligence threatens a volunteer sysop to delete a Wikipedia Article" (Press release). Wikimédia France. 6 April 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  12. ^ La DCRI accusée d'avoir illégalement forcé la suppression d'un article de WikipédiaLe Monde, 6 April 2013 (French)
  13. ^ "Congratulations to @RemiMathis, honored by @jimmy_wales as Wikipedian of the Year at #Wikimania.". Wikimedia. Twitter. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 

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