Thursday, April 23, 2009

Opinion Space

Opinion Space is an experimental model of opinion and dialogue being developed at the Berkeley Center for New Media, designed to go beyond one-dimensional polarities such as left/right, blue/red to actively encourage dialogue between people with differing viewpoints.

Opinion Space allows users to express their opinions and visualize where they stand relative to a diversity of other viewpoints. It introduces an innovative method for automatically highlighting the most insightful comments and participants.

Opinion Space charts individual participants in a constellation of opinions and connectivity. The first Opinion Space and discussion questions focus on topics related to U.S. politics. In the coming months, new Opinion Spaces will be created on topics such as the Economy, Education, and the Environment. As users participate, researchers at UC Berkeley will refine the system, adding new functionality and features.

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