Our Mission

To open data, and make them used and useful

The research in social science of Datactivist’s founders entertained a belief that it is essential to put users at the centre of open data policies. In his doctoral dissertation, Samuel Goëta showed that the datasets published on open data portals often come out of the logic of the offer: the administrations employees choose the datasets to be open and how they will be published without taking into account the users needs about data.

In his work on electoral sociology, Joël Gombin has experienced the limits of open data: : too aggregated, rarely updated, poorly documented, sometimes unusable. And, for administration employees, it’s a lot of work for datasets that are sometimes little used or not used.

It is our wish to put our expertise into data producers and reusers, that made us create Datactivist, to open data and make them used and useful.

The cooperative company quickly expanded to support organizations of all types (public sector, companies, NGOs) about the opening of their data, the uses and requests of open data.

As an open data pure player, we help our customers through consulting activities ranging from the definition to the operational implementation of an open data strategy ; training that puts open data in the general context of the data revolution and data science ; and facilitation to help data reuse by experts and beginners.

Our

Values

Our name is the witness

of the values that lead us:

We believe in open knowledge

We believe in open knowledge

Opening data, and more widely, the knowledge it is based on, can reduce information asymmetries and create a fair environment between all stakeholders. Open data enhances transparency of public policies, boosts innovation, and knocks down organisation walls. The data allow a common reference to set up, they empower reality: they are never neutral and can be activated to serve a goal. We want to allow everyone to manipulate data, without naivety, but without pessimism

We support those who create change

We support those who create change

Data opening and use require considerable work, often invisible and not taken into account. We bring together the diversity of our skills, our expertise and our professionalism to help our private or public customers to achieve their ambition. To create change, journalists, NGOs, and digital facilitation stakeholders have a key role to grow the audience of data.

We encourage independence and fulfillment at work

We encourage independence and fulfillment at work

YOLO: we only live once, the time we spend working must be as much useful, fulfilling and respectful as possible, to find a balance between professional and personal life. At Datactivist, employees have a great independence in the way they plan their work and manage their working time. Information sharing and kindness are the rule. Presenteeism is not part of our values, we prefer efficiency. We also tend to 0 paper use, we use extensively collaborative work tools, and actively fight against meetings. The team operates in remote, distributed throughout France, mobile and as close as possible to our customers.

We create commons

We create commons

We want open data to become a shared resource and managed by the community. In other words a common. Our status of cooperative and participatory society testifies that Datactivist is governed democratically by its employees in order to sustain our jobs and our business project. We apply ourselves to the principles we defend: Datactivist's work is freely reusable, as it is published under the Creative Commons BY-SA license. Finally, we launched the TeamOpenData community to gather professional stakeholders of open data, and we are developing an open source framework for data opening.

Our team

All members of the team we gathered are marked, in their path, by having developped a strong personal link with data, that they wish to serve general good and everyone’s interest. Data will be an empowerment tool or won’t be.

Samuel Goëta

Samuel Goëta

is a researcher in social science. His PhD dissertation looks at the hidden aspects of the emergence of the open data movement. A founding member of Open Knowledge France, he is a major contributor to the School of Data and Open Data Index projects.

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Joël Gombin

Joël Gombin

has a long history of research and teaching on electoral sociology, that enabled him to acquire strong skills in data science. As Datactivist's manager, he has significant project management experience, for both public and private clients.

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Sylvain Lapoix

Sylvain Lapoix

is an independent datajournalist. Former collaborator of OWNI, co-author of the program #Datagueule (France Television), he cherishes open data and defends the open source philosophy. Padawan in R and in Python, he trains journalists and civil society stakeholders in France and in French-speaking countries in Africa.

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Timothée Gidoin

Timothée Gidoin

is graduated from the School of Public Affairs of Sciences Po Paris and Edhec. He is convinced of the importance of data in the public debate, he is passionate about fact-checking and has recently invested in an entrepreneurial project to fight against fake news.

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Cécile Le Guen

Cécile Le Guen

is specialized on open government issues. Former employee of Open Knowledge International, she has traveled the world to meet open data communities and will continue to do so at Datactivist, especially with the Support Program for Open Governments in French-speaking Africa.

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Etienne Pichot Damon

Etienne Pichot Damon

helps organisations to open their data and make them useful. He was in charge of the open data program for the metropolis of Lille (France). He worked with developers, startups, transportation experts and citizens to build partnerships and services with open or shared data.

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Magalie Dartus

Magalie Dartus

was Archaeologist for fifteen years, she led excavation operations in France and abroad before returning to geomatics. Her professional interests lead her now towards open data and team animation. She has a special predilection for free mapping and crowdsourcing.

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Mathieu Morey

Mathieu Morey

is a researcher in computer science, specialized in data science and machine learning. He develops methods and tools to improve the discoverability and quality of open data, for the benefit of producers and re-users.

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Clara Maximovitch-Rodaminoff

Clara Maximovitch-Rodaminoff

joined Datactivist for her final year internship from Sciences Po. During her studies in the Master's program Governing the Large Metropolis, she discovered the stakes of open data that she now explores further through her work on the digital transformation of urban services and the transition to e-procurement.

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