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Datalogy 2

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More than one worker out of ten receives the RSA (a form of in work welfare benefit) in Loire-Atlantique. The characters receiving RSA are dressed in orange to contrast with the blue outfits of the other characters. Project by Ackapol Lamuang and Anaëll

What is the situation for children in public care? The representation of a row of dolls in size order is rooted in the collective imaginary and is in line with the data. Project by Lisa Le Gourriérec and Charles Périnet

The Department of Loire-Atlantique invests in secondary schools to help them function more effectively and encourages pupils to be open to the world and citizenship. Project by Julie Colliou, Neha Hassanbay and Margaux Leroy

A year at the museum. Using tickets, the students recreated a histogram showing the number of admissions to museums in Loire-Atlantique and thus highlighted tourist numbers in these sites. Project by Hortense Bohu and Nolwen Le Ternue

Working session on the development of Datalogy 2

2nd edition of Datalogy

For this second edition of Datalogy, students from L’École de design teamed up with students from Audencia SciencesCom to take a closer look at and promote the initiatives of the Loire-Atlantique Department. Using publicly accessible data (open data), the students sharpen our civic and critical perception by representing it in image form. The aim here was not simply to produce graphic or cartographic representations from departmental data, but rather to create astonishing images which will aid understanding and help people remember a phenomenon.

Contextualizing and staging data

First and foremost, datalogy consists of contextualizing or, more precisely, “staging” data. You have to read, try to understand, interpret, cross-reference, re-examine and discuss in order to depict and “imagine” it. And then you realize that a picture is worth a thousand words, but that it is (really) not easy to create… For although the aim is to create an image that is easy to read and memorize, its apparent simplicity hides a complex design process: Which elements of reality should be used? Which situation, which metaphor, which emotion for which data? And how can we simply show something without explaining or condemning?
The 14 images included in Datalogy 2 reflect this complexity: in some cases, it is the nature of the figures which makes their “datalogical” transposition difficult, in other cases it is the challenge of translating sensitive human situations which don’t easily lend themselves to the exercise. But the common characteristic of all these images lies in a desire to make visible these figures, this otherwise hard-to-see data.
Thanks to all the students who took part in this project, the teaching staff, and to our contacts from the Loire-Atlantique Department who got involved in the working sessions (some of which were rather late!) Special thanks go to Matthias Rischewski, designer in charge of the Information Design master’s program in L’École de Design Nantes Atlantique’s READi Design Lab.

Far from being fixed or frozen, data is a raw material that can be constantly reutilized, transformed and reinvented

Open data – or the opening-up of public data – is a movement which follows the principles of an open, innovative and living democracy. Since 2012, the department of Loire-Atlantique has opened its data up to the general public in order to increase transparency and knowledge of its public action and to develop open innovation. But it is not enough simply to make raw data available. It requires directors and producers to give it meaning so that, more than just the esthetic aspect, this data tells a story, explains the world, turns reality into something that can be felt and seen. Connecting men and women, producing meaning, making the complex accessible – these things are the daily work of public officials.
It was therefore logical that the department of Loire-Atlantique should participate in this educational work producing datalogies with L’École de design Nantes Atlantique and Audencia Sciences Com, by making available its open data and its data specialists.

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