List of open tasks

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Information collection

Writing of Intarese Toolbox pages (WP1.4)

Specification of deliverables (according to deliverables list Feb 2010) Planned deadline deliverable Delivered as general product (yes/ no/ partly) Location in toolbox2 Delivered into the toolbox (yes/ no/ partly) Type of page1 Person responsible for remaining tasks Comments
Indicator selection 54 yes What indicators should be used.../ building good indicators no G PBL Eva
Calculating DALYs and QALYs 54 yes Execution/ impact analysis/ measures of impact partly G RIVM Anne
Calculating DALYs and QALYs 54 no Execution/ impact analysis/ measures of impact partly M RIVM Anne?
Severity weights 54 no Execution/ impact analysis/ measures of impact/Calculating DALYs and QALYs D RIVM Anne SAME AS D128. SOME MATERIAL from the link
Monetisation methods 54 yes? Execution/ impact analysis/ measures of impact partly? G + M + D Alistair Hunt (HEIMTSA) with help from Tifanny from RIVM
Risk Perception 54 yes? What indicators should be used... no G + M? RIVM Ric?
Open assessment 54 ready Issue framing/ key points/ concept of IEHIA/ other assessment methodologies no G THL Jouni
Collaborative workspace - ready Execution/ Key considerations/ collaborating on an assessment no D THL Jouni
Result database 54 no Design/ feasibility testing/ information needs no D THL Jouni
Multiple bias [1] 54 no Design/ feasibility testing/ information needs/ exposure-response functions no G THL Marjo
Value of information 54 yes Execution/ uncertainty analysis yes G THL Jouni
Value of information model 54 yes Execution/ uncertainty analysis/ value of information no M THL Jouni
Quality/Performance [2] 54 yes Execution/ uncertainty analysis no G THL Mikko
Protocol on stakeholder involvement. [3] 50 yes Issue framing/ Who are the stakeholders/ Engaging stakeholders/ methods for stakeholder engagement no G THL Mikko Part of D47 (detailed description). Delivered at mo 50.
Participating in assessments [4] 50 yes Issue framing/ Who are the stakeholders/ Engaging stakeholders/ methods for stakeholder engagement no G THL Mikko Part of D47 (an overview).

1 Types of toolbox pages: (Guidebook/ Resource - Model or tool/ Resource - Worked Example/ Resource - Data)
2 Based on the toolbox structure on 6 May 2010 [5]

Uploading articles to Heande

There are a lot of articles that should be uploaded to M-files in Heande. These are currently located in P:\huippuyksikko\kirjallisuus.

  • The names of the files should be changed to the standard format: Lastnameoffirstauthor_Year_Journal_Description.pdf
    ⇤--1: . There are 2800 files. This is not time efficient to do. --Jouni 12:00, 28 May 2010 (UTC) (type: truth; paradigms: science: attack)
  • New pages should be created in Heande according to the topics of the articles.
    • The default names for the pages are the folder names on P drive.
    • All pages should contain the {{mfiles}} template.
  • In addition, if there are similar pages in Opasnet, links to the new Heande pages should be added both in the See also section and also using [[heande:Page name|]] link (which creates a link to Heande to the sidebar on left.

Templates of page types

The following template pages should be updated based on the following object structure descriptions. The Template:Assessment structure has been done as example.

Rewriting existing topics in Opasnet

Some pages are outdated or overlapping with other pages. Therefore, there are needs to restructure and rewrite existing pages.

Page type update

All pages should have a page type. Also, some pages have been classified into a poor page type, because the practices have changed over time. Also the structure should be improved towards Scope, Definition, Result if applicable. Therefore, there are tasks to:

  • develop a page that lists all pages without a page type,
  • go through all pages without a page type and classify them,
  • reclassifying pages into better types when they are being edited for other reasons.
  • The current pages will be cleaned up. Two major things: check the page type (variable, assessment...), and add any relevant categories.
  • The Variable namespace should be checked, as a lot of it seems to have moved to the Main namespace. The original tasks were divided as follows:
    • Variable namespace A-D Päivi
    • E-F Mikko
    • G-O Erkki DONE
    • P-W Pasi
    • Main namespace A-B Virpi
    • C Pauliina

Improving categorisation

The existing categories are not well developed and systematic. Therefore, there are tasks to:

  • improve the categorisation system, preferably based on some existing classification,
  • go through the pages and update categories.
  • Category:Assessment method articles categorized to Category:Method instead.

Writing about important topics

There are several important topics that should be covered in Opasnet. However, these are not simple copy-paste work and they require that someone gets acquainted with the topics and summarises them. Such topics are listed here:

  • Artikkeli bisneksestä, jossa valtio maksaa siitä, että joku auttaa toista säästämään energiaa. Ennen säästötoimia kirjataan energiankulutus, ja säästöä seurataan. Konsultti saa palkkionsa toteutuneen säästön mukaan. Jos tulee lisäkulua, konsultti joutuu maksumieheksi. Onko tästä jo artikkeli jossain? Tyjakissa?

Checking potentially important web links

Ohje tämmöisiin tilanteisiin: Kirjoitetaan Opasnetiin (tässä tapauksessa suomenkieliselle sivulle Kuntapeli) aiheen kuvaus lyhyesti vaikka vain kopioimalla suoraan spostista. Yksityiskohtaisemmat jutustelut voi kopioida keskustelusivulle. Aiheeseen liittyvät tiedostot ladataan Heandeen (tai jos käytettävissä on M-files, mieluummin sen Opasnet public-osioon siten, että tiedostot näkyvät Heandessa). Tämä tiedostojen omituinen sijoittelu johtuu tekijänoikeuksista. Heandeen luodaan myös sivu Kuntapeli, joka sisältää ainoastaan linkit kyseisiin tiedostoihin ja varsinaiselle sivulle (suomenkieliseen) Opasnetiin.

Varsinaiselle sivulle laitetaan linkki vastaavasti Heanden sivulle. Tavanomaisten linkkien Kuntapeli lisäksi laitetaan linkki muotoa eli ilman kaksoispistettä. Tämän jälkimmäisen hienous on siinä että se tekee linkin sivupalkkiin otsikolla "Heande" samaan tapaan kuin Wikipediat linkkaavat erikielisten Wikipedioitten sivuja toisiinsa.

Some web links seem interesting and important for Opasnet, but more time is needed to look at those. Only then it is possible to decide, whether the information should be linked to from some Opasnet pages, or whether the information deserves a page of its own. These web links include:

Upload the results of the models into the Opasnet Base

Copying dissertation theses of THL/YMTO to Opasnet

  • All theses produced in THL/YMTO should be chopped into pieces and encyclopedia articles should be made out of them in Opasnet.

Information collection tasks

Information collection task for Opasnet is a decentralised way of collecting useful information to Opasnet. Anyone can contribute to Opasnet for free (see Main Page#How can you participate?). But there are some pieces of information and some tasks that are especially important for the THL maintenance team of Opasnet. Therefore, THL (National Institute for Health and Welfare, located in Finland) is willing to pay for those people who do the tasks listed on this page. Anyone can read the task list, search for the information, organise it into a proper format and upload it to the website.


What is an efficient way to update Opasnet pages in such a way that

  • the most important content gets high priority,
  • the tasks are distributed outside the core Opasnet group if possible,
  • the editors can get paid if they work on material that is of strategic interest to THL,
  • the quality of pages is kept high, and
  • copyright rules of external material are not violated?


THL can organise this work and pay for the workers. The only requirements for the payment are that 1) the person registers him/herself to Opasnet and the THL system for payments, 2) the task and the amount of compensation for the work is agreed beforehand with the contact person, 3) and the contact person controls that the agreed work has actually been done. THL will pay for the social security costs based on the Finnish law. The taxes must be paid by the worker, but THL may take care of the practicalities if a Finnish tax deduction card is given to THL. Workers not located in Finland should find out about possible tax treaties and rules themselves. Note that this work does NOT make the worker an employee of THL, and in addition to the monetary compensation, other benefits are NOT offered (no days off, unemployment security or similar).

Tasks to be done

  1. Synopsis of dioxins and PCBs (Finnish version).
    • Material: Publications of the National Public Health Institute, 1999.
    • Task: Transform the material into encyclopedia articles, one page for each keyword, into the Finnish Opasnet.
    • Copyright: Permission from the authors D↷ to release material to public domain.
  2. Take the EFSA data (total population, Consumers only) and upload it to the Opasnet Base. Make a variable based on the data.
  3. Write an encyclopedia article about the Proast software for dose-response modelling (developed by Wout Slob in RIVM). A related article.
  4. Create a method about the Proast software (there is an R code for the software).
  5. Find the newest WHO guidance for dose-response modelling and make methods out of that. A draft guidance is known to us, but there may be newer material.
  6. Make a full page of human impact assessment based on the links on the page. This is in Finnish. Make each ideakortti into a method.
  7. Dissertation about dioxins
    • Material: Tuomisto, JT: TCDD: A challenge to mechanistic toxicology. Publications of the National Public Health Institute, 1999.
    • Task A: Suggest a list of variables, studies, and encyclopedia articles that would cover the material.
    • Task B: Transform the material into these pages in the correct format (see universal object).
    • Copyright: Permission from the author to release material with GFDL.
  8. Get the dioxin concentration data that has been provided and collected based on the dioxin directive. The data is in the European Commission.
  9. Upload the data from Task 4 into Opasnet Base.
  10. Put OECD Environmental report about Finland to the Finnish Opasnet.
    • Material: [6] (should be chopped into relevant pieces first)
  11. Put the respective English text to English Opasnet.
  12. Make an encyclopedia article about the mid-term report of the Helsinki energy plan. So far, only news about the report have been found.
  13. Make an encyclopedia article about Kofi Annan's Human Impact Report. Maybe some details can also be turned into variables.
  14. Make an encyclopedia article about the Finnish energy strategy. Suomen hallituksen ilmasto- ja energiastrategia 2008 [7] [8] [9].
    • Create also an assessment about the strategy, taking the targets as the scenario for the assessment. When the assessment develops into a full-blown BBN, the strategy can be used to conditionalise the model to find optimal actions to reach the targets.

Tasks under work or under review

  1. Copying the material from the EU IA Tools
    • Moderator: Heta
    • Copyright: may be freely used if the source is properly cited.
  2. Beneris project website
  3. Synopsis of dioxins and PCBs (English version).
    • Moderator: Henrik
    • Material: Publications of the National Public Health Institute, 1999.
    • Task: Transform the material into encyclopedia articles, one page for each keyword.
    • Copyright: Permission from the authors D↷ to release material to public domain.
  4. Make encyclopedia articles about these food topics:
  5. Add the terminology list of a WHO report to the Glossary.
    • Moderator: Reetta Tiihonen
    • Copyright: Only short pieces of text will be quoted; attribution is given to the original source.

Practical guidance

Encyclopedia articles are similar to those in Wikipedia (these are freely usable as long as you have appropriate citations), in other words, general descriptions about a topic. In our case, we are allowed to dive deeper in details of environmental and health related issues than a typical Wikipedia article would go.

A reviewer will be nominated for each task. He will read through the pages when they are finished. Additionally, you may ask him or Jouni for help and further instructions as well.

Browse through the following pages:

Some hints:

Feel free to be bold, explore and learn by trying. You can not cause any irreversible damage because fixing the pages afterwards is very simple.


Tasks completed and accepted

  • None

Contact person

The contact person is Jouni Tuomisto. Note that different tasks may have different contact persons.