Yosune Chamizo Alberro
Yosune Chamizo Alberro is studying for a master’s degree in Design, Information, and Communication from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Unidad Cuajimalpa, prompting her interest in social studies and migrants in transit through Mexico. Her studies have led her into data visualisation, migratory flows, graphs, tables and timelines about this phenomenon. One of her most important independent projects is the design of the TDF, Tarjeta del Distrito Federal (the multimodal card used in the subway, bus, and light rail transport systems in Mexico City). In 2011 she founded RaRaRa Editores, a publishing house that aims to link the new technologies with traditional printed books through Augmented Reality and QR codes.
Monday 7 April: Visualising information
MigranTIC. Data visualization on migrants in transit through Mexico
Every day, thousands of migrants, mostly of Central American origin, try to cross Mexico to get to the USA, and because of their undocumented status they’re preyed upon by local authorities and the communities they pass through. Added to this, organized crime abuses them constantly, committing crimes such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, organ trafficking, torture, murder, kidnapping, extortion, and rape.
We're talking about a humanitarian crisis that needs to be addressed urgently! Since there’s no precise quantitative data on the migrants crossing the country, it’s difficult for organizations defending human rights and people interested in the issue to pressure the government. Also, most of these organizations lack the communication, design and technological tools to publish their results to a wider audience.
MigranTIC was created as a result of the need to visualize information about migration, and to take advantage of modern technologies to automate the processing and interpretation of raw data obtained from sources immediate to the issue.
Our presentation presents an online application that will create maps and charts, and visualize data obtained from at least seven shelters operated by the Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes México (Jesuit Service for Migrants, SJM).
The SJM database includes name, nationality, age, gender and marital status, among other data, and it will allow us to show statistical information about the flow of Mexican and Central American migrants in the country, as well as the continuity and changes in the routes they use, and the resulting migratory shifts.