The State Department Launches Opinion Space

by Matt Ball on March 12, 2010

The U.S. State Department launched a new data visualization site called Opinion Space yesterday. The online data visualization tool gives you the means to gauge how your own opinions stack up to those of others around the world. The visualization isn’t aligned to geographic space, but instead maps opinion space by showcasing the consensus and moderate views. T opinion map aims to depolarize online comments while also allowing for a text-based sharing of “Ideas for Secretary of State Clinton.”

This innovative means to collect feedback is made possible through a partnership with the Berkeley Center for New Media. The idea to collect and map opinions over time will add a feedback mechanism and a sense of changing perceptions about the objectives of U.S. diplomacy and how these efforts are perceived both domestically and internationally.

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