The Consortium regroups institutions from Saint-Étienne and Lyon, France, each one of them firmly attached to the notion of "territory". This is not the whole country nor Paris. This is quasi-exclusively the Lyon-Saint-Étienne "conurbation" area. So the website is essentially a scroll-through map and the navigation pad is a compass. There's a red diagonal slash in the middle of it. Instead of the North-South axis, it represents the Lyon-Saint-Étienne diagonal as you can verify on the map in the last image. The territory itself is rendered in ascii art in the background.
My part: Initiated the original idea. Co-directed the visual design. Rapid prototyping. Hacked and patched together the Ajax code that runs the website.