An Interactive Tool for Citizen Engagement

Visualization of social media content is becoming more and more important in our everyday life. Information visualization projects that comprise versatile information such as; spatio-temporal data are much more effectual to analyze key social, political, economic and environmental facts. This research explores the design space of a specialized online public opinion tool making use of data visualization. Our aim is to develop a location-based visualization tool, which turns the online public opinion data into a more legible, effective, and discussable visual format. The ongoing online social, economic and political debates will be presented to the public in a categorized way together with other data collected from different sources. We envision that providing a more comprehensible online public opinion data will be instrumental in citizen engagement, sociological research, urban policymaking processes and urban services.

Keywords: Location-based Visualization, Public Opinion, Politics Visualization, Civic Participation, Social Media, Argument Web, Spatio-temporal Visualization
Team: Özge Genç, Hüseyin Kuşcu (Kakare Interactive), Asım Evren Yantaç Contributors: Damla Çay
Note: This project has been funded with Koç Seed Grant in 2015.
Publishing: Genç, Ö., Çay, D., & Yantaç, A. E. (2015). Participatory Explorations on a Location Based Urban Information System. In Design, User Experience, and Usability: Interactive Experience Design (pp. 357-367). Springer International Publishing.

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