Our History

We have been interested in public debate and digital humanities for some time. Our very first debates were carried out in 2012 on the theme "The City of Your Dreams" with high school students from Montpellier and Sète, with cooperation of the city of Montpellier in the framework of experimental research involving a researcher in logic, Jean Sallantin, a professor of philosophy, Véronique Pinet, and a design agency.

In 2015, the same team designed and developed the Dialoguea platform and ran a trial in high school with the support of the Montpellier School District. En 2015, la même équipe conçoit et développe la plateforme de débat

CartoDÉBAT was created in 2017 and the platform was launched under the auspices of the European research project E-Débat, in partnership with the University Paul-Valéry then conducting action research during prior consultations on a future floating wind turbine project in the Mediterranean. The platform is focused on land use/development and renewable energies.

In response to regulatory developments in 2016 on the digitalization of public inquiry, we worked to ensure the regulatory compliance of the platform and the visibility and accessibility of source data of citizen statements, so as to more effectively highlight comments from the local public in the process of making improvements to development projects that impact their region. As of 2019 we are more broadly active in the sphere of ecological transition policies such as climate action or territorial coherence planning.

At the same time, our activities extend along a second axis, that of education and debates on science and society. We believe that ecological resiliency goes hand-in-hand with a form of democratic vitality and resistance to disturbances amplified through social-media. Since 2016 have participated in the project ARgumentation Et Numérique (AREN), whose goal is to develop critical thinking and reasoning skills among high school students in the Montpellier School District.

In 2023 we launched an international version of CartoDÉBAT (6 languages) in the context of a project on ethical issues related to the uses of artificial intelligence and neurosciences. These debates bring together students with their research professors, economic players and the greater public. At this time we are developing a new version of Dialoguea destined for educational establishments such as middle schools and high schools.

We thank the following individuals for their confidence and their help:

  • The team at intactile DESIGN for the R&D work they have conducted on complex geopolitical situation monitoring interfaces that have been applicable to purposes of public debate.
  • Sylvain Pioch of the University Paul-Valéry of Montpellier for our collaborations on coastal development.
  • Jasha Oosterbaan of ISIS MINES ParisTech, Stéphane Vial of the University of Nîmes and the publishers Actes Sud and PUF for our collaborations in debates on science and society.
  • Manuel Bachtold of the LIRDEF for his pedagogical reflections on the scaffolding of debate skills training on a digital platform for high school students.
  • Dominique Valck, Sandrine Bozzetti and Rachel Kordus of the Council of Sustainable Development of Grand Nancy; and the sociologist Hervé Marchal of the Center for Research in Societies, Sensibilities, and Care (LIR3S) of the University of Burgundy for the definition and the implementation of sensory engineering, particularly in the context of the greater national debate.

The team

Philippe Estival

Network architect

Philippe designs and programs the communications platform. He manages the development of the operating, data and information systems.

Jean Sallantin

Emeritus researcher in IA CNRS

Jean brings his expertise in debate engineering particularly to bear on the topic of ethics in digital debates.

Claire Ollagnon

UX designer

Claire accompanies discussions on land development and contributes to the methodology for collective annotation of the digital corpus.

Louis Ollagnon

Business developer

Louis is in charge of commercial development, support for the design of debate maps, participatory sessions, community management, and debate reconstructions.

Gabriela Segura

Web designer

Gabriela participates in the creation of multimedia content for dissemination and reconstruction of debates.

Valentin Baumstark

Doctoral candidate in Social Sciences

Valentin is conducting a survey among participants in popular education in Lyon on practices and sensitivities around ecological transition.