Datavisualisation: focus on 5 French start-ups

by bold-lichterman

Twitter has just bought Lucky Sort, a startup specializing in analysis and data-visualization. Zoom on 5 young French shoots.

Dataveyes is a start-up specializing in interactive data visualization, founded in 2010 by Caroline Goulard (Sciences-Po Rennes), François-Xavier Fringant (Sciences-Po Rennes), Benoît Vidal (see the Hetic / Dataveyes report) and Léo Gourven (Hetic). Information is the DNA and hallmark of Dataveyes, as this video shows:

The start-up was born from a collective student project, the blog actuvisu, an information site with added value: that of data journalism, and whose first infographics were taken up by media such as TechCrunch or Mediapart. The methods of Dataveyes combine design, statistics and media strategies, with a focus on user experience.

metropolitan Dataveyes

Above, an overview of the “Metropolitan” project, a visualization project of urban data developed by the Dataveyes teams. A project focused on the reuse of data (transport time) and data opened by the RATP, for the influx of travelers.

A company specializing in the development of “data sets”, Data Publica was founded in July 2011 by François Bancilhon and Christian Frisch. They are among the first to concentrate part of their activities in open data.

The startup has also launched the first private directory of public and private data. It benefited from institutional R&D funding, and was supported by business angels and the INRIA investment fund: IT Translation. Like Dataveyes, Data Publica has worked with open data from RATP, and designed an interactive map of metro stations in Paris with heavy traffic:

ratp data publica

Founded in 2011 by Karen Bastien (CFJ, former editor-in-chief of Terra Eco) and François Prosper (information graphic designer) WeDoData is an agency specializing in data journalism. The idea: to shape the news using data. The journalist analyzes the quantified information and the graphic designer stages them. WeDoData has worked with daily life several times Release, who used data visualization during the 2012 presidential campaign.


Founded in 2010 by Florent Guerlain and Gaëtan Duchateau – former members of the advertising agency Lowe Strateus – Datagif is a creation studio focused on datavisualization. Its productions are aimed at brands but above all at agencies, which constitute the bulk of the company’s clients (OpinionValley, Euro RSCG, Angie, etc.). Graphics are the main added value of the creations of DataGif. Below, preview of an animation representing the percentage of UMP deputies in favor of marriage for all: the figure has been updated daily since January 24.

Marriage for all datagif

Founded in January 2013 by Florian Douetteau (ENS Paris and expert in Big Data technologies), Marc Batty (AgroParisTech) and Thomas Cabrol (ISEM Montpellier), Dataiku is a young company specializing in big data. Dataiku notably publishes tools for visual enrichment of data in real time.

linkedin dataiku

Above, the visualization of Thomas Cabrol’s network on LinkedIn, one of the founders, made using the open source software Gephi.

Update: According to an info from The Next Web, the Twitter application SocialBro (Twitter community management and analysis tool) today launched into datavisualization. Below is an overview of SocialBro: circles represent tweets from a given account; the diameter of the circle is proportional to the popularity of the tweet.


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