Applying general information
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During this phase existing information that is readily available is collected and included in the assessment. This kind of information can be found in the encyclopedia, in the form of e.g. existing variables from previous assessments, or as classes (general properties shared by a group of variables).
Applying general information is based on the idea of intentionally producing generally applicable pieces of information that can also be used as the building blocks of new assessments. In addition, the approach builds on the principle of mass collaboration, which implies that the pieces of information produced in a particular assessment are set commonly available for use in other assessments. What is new in this concept is that there are specific procedures for extracting pieces of information from previous work and assessments, and making them centrally available for others. This enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of the assessments carried out by applying the new risk assessment method.
Structure of the process
During this phase the users collect all readily available parts belonging to the scope of the assessment.
Depending on the similarity of the particular assessment with previously made assessments, the outcome after this phase may be a more or less full coverage of the variables that are to be included in the assessment. Anyhow, the outcome helps in identifying what parts of the assessment will require most attention and what parts can be covered with information from previous assessments.