Under the banner of open data, the UK government releases datasets collated, held, and managed by various
government agencies. Building on the provision of data, tools and software are needed to help explore open
data in easy ways for example for Open policy making (OPM). OPM seeks to open policy making by making it
easier to engage with evidence.
In line with the open policy making movement, OpinionExplorer entails design,
development, and testing of an interface on top of already collected research data, a comprehensive database
containing data for 465 citizens making 1160 comments that are associated with 168 places and 7000 keywords.
The database is geo-referenced and also contains responses by planners on individual expressions.
Therefore, this project can consider the success of individual contributions towards influencing planning outcomes.
The objective is to see whether spatial representation of opinions within established planning processes supports
non-experts engage better in policy making by drawing out the material context to those engagement campaigns.
OpinionExplorer may have the capacity to raise social justice by giving residents easier access to influencing
choices affecting them.