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List of open tasks is a decentralised way of collecting useful information to Opasnet and improving the formatting or quality of the existing content. 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.

Scope

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?

Issue framing

Issue framing represents the first stage in doing an integrated environmental health impact assessment. It is at this stage that we specify clearly what question we are trying to address, and who should be involved in the assessment. It is a process that can rarely be done as a singular, one-off process. Considerable reiteration if often required dealing with new insights, as they emerge. The order in which issue-framing is done also needs to be adapted according to circumstance. Five main steps, can, however, be recognised

1. Specifying the question that needs to be addressed.

2. Identifying and engaging the key stakeholders who need to be involved.

3. Agreeing an overall approach to the assessment and the scenarios that will be used.

4. Selecting and constructing the scenarios on which the assessment will be based.

5. Defining the indicators that will be used to describe the impacts.


Challenges

This stage describes complex issues in a way that captures the interests of all the stakeholders concerned, yet can also form a sound and practicable basis for assessment, is inevitably difficult. Difficulties arise both from the complexity and ambiguity of the issues that need to be assessed, and the multitude of stakeholders (often with different and conflicting interests) who are concerned. As a consequence, issue framing has to deal with several challenges

• How to identify all the stakeholders who might have interests in the issue and engage them in the process.

• How to define the conditions (in the form of realistic yet relevant scenarios) under which the issue will be assessed.

• How to set practicable limits to the issue without unfairly excluding some stakeholders’ interests and thereby biasing the assessment.

• How to define and agree on a series of indicators that will adequately and fairly capture an describe the results of the assessment.

All four require that issue framing is done as a reiterative process, with each version of the issue being reviewed and debated to ensure that key elements or stakeholders have not been neglected. It also needs to be an open process, with additional stakeholders being invited to take part when new (and unrepresented) interests emerge. This reiterative process of issue framing often involves a clear cycle, comprising

• a phase of ‘complexification’, as new factors and relationships are discovered, and new interests taken into account.

• a phase of simplification, as the issue is paired down by eliminating redundant or irrelevant elements, in order to focus on what matters most.


Defining the Question

All assessments are done in response to a ‘question’ or ‘concern’. This initial question is often not phrased specifically for the purpose of assessment, but instead to raise awareness and get attention. Even when an official body commissions an assessment, the question may not be clearly and fully described. In most cases, therefore, the issue of interest will need to be carefully considered and redefined. The aim of doing so is to make sure

• That it is unambiguous and clearly understood.

• That it really does reflect the issue about which people are concerned.

• That it can form the basis for a sensible and realistic assessment.

• That the rationale for doing an assessment is clearly recognized.

To achieve this, the question needs to be phrased in a clear and structured way. Typically, this involves defining (at least in general terms)

• The causes (e.g. human activities, environmental stressors, agents) and/or types of health impacts of concern.

• The area or population of interest.

• The timescale of the concern.


Consulting with Stakeholders

A wide range of stakeholders may have interests in integrated assessments. These include not only people (or organisations) with statutory responsibilities for the issue under consideration, but also all those who might be affected either by the issue itself, or by actions taken to address it. A key step in developing any assessment is to consider who these stakeholders might be, and how they might be involved. In doing so, it is useful to recognise the different roles that the stakeholders might have (see link to left) both because this may help to identify stakeholders who would otherwise be ignored, and because it can help to work out what their specific concerns might be, and how best to involve them. It also needs to be recognised that any individual may fulfil more than one of these roles (e.g. as victim and manager) both at the same time, and over time as events play out.





Result

List of open tasks(d, o, €)
ObsProjectSubprojectContributorReviewerstartendwork timerespectpaymentpagedescription
1EraceduNot reservedJouni2011-05-272011-09-02under negotiation, requires pilotinghttp://www.integrated-assessment.euThe website is copied to Opasnet and organised (ca. 430 pages)


Expoplatform

Copy-paste the text from Expoplatform to Opasnet. Make plans how to do this seamlessly with Intarese toolbox.

Responsible person: Arja

Dioxin synopsis

There will be a new version of dioxin synopsis in April 2011. The new texts should be implemented in Opasnet.

  • Categorise all synopsis pages to Dioxin synopsis.
  • Make the Dioxin synopsis page as a table of contents for the synopsis.
  • Make the Finnish pages in the same way, using the translated text in Dioxin synopsis.
  • Link each page of English and Finnish synopsis with [[heande:] and [[op_en:]] links.
  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.

Data upload to Opasnet Base

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.


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.

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.

Checking potentially important web links

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:

Miscellaneous

  1. Copying the material from the EU IA Tools
    • Moderator: Heta
    • Copyright: may be freely used if the source is properly cited.
  2. Take the EFSA data (total population, Consumers only) and upload it to the Opasnet Base. Make a variable based on the data.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Put OECD Environmental report about Finland to the Finnish Opasnet.
    • Material: [1] (should be chopped into relevant pieces first)
  6. Put the respective English text to English Opasnet.
  7. Make an encyclopedia article about the mid-term report of the Helsinki energy plan. So far, only news about the report have been found.
  8. Make an encyclopedia article about Kofi Annan's Human Impact Report. Maybe some details can also be turned into variables.
  9. Make an encyclopedia article about the Finnish energy strategy. Suomen hallituksen ilmasto- ja energiastrategia 2008 [2] [3] [4].
    • 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.
  10. Make encyclopedia articles about these food topics:
  11. 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? Heandessa?

Previous work

Previous work that was done

Previous work that was considered but rejected

Rationale

  • There are the following kinds of tasks:
    • Reserve and perform tasks on the list on this page.
    • Check and review tasks that were on the list and were done by someone else.
    • Recruiting new people to the Opasnet reserve.
    • Training of the newly recruited people to different Opasnet user skills (wikifying, info collection, data upload, R coding). People list their skills on their user page.
  • Tasks are listed on this page as they appear. The users follow this page e.g. by using the watch functionality and reserve tasks for themselves. This is done by adding the username to the field Doer.
  • It is recommended to do tasks in small groups, so that the members can teach each other and the lack of some skills of some individual does not slow down the work.
  • It is also possible to describe tasks directly on the respective page using TODO template. Openly available tasks are not assigned to a user but to a project in the follofing way:
TODO: {{#todo:test task assigned to project Opasnet.||Opasnet}}
Tasks can be viewed e.g.. for the project Opasnet in this way: Special:TaskList/Opasnet.
  • It is possible to pay for doing the tasks, but only under these conditions:
    • The user has a user account in Opasnet and has edited enough to gain 20 contribution scores, which have also been reviewed by THL. This is used as an indicator that the user actually has the basic skills needed.
    • The user has contacted Jouni Tuomisto and they have agreed upon joining the Opasnet reserve. After this, the user is registered into the THL personnel database, which is a prerequisite for making any payments.
    • THL has a specific interest in completing the task, i.e. THL has promised on the THL task list on this page to pay for the completion of the task.
  • There are two possible ways to compensate for the work. Neither of them involves an emplyee relationship to THL, nor do they bring any pension, paid vacation, or social security.
    • Typically, the payment is a lump sum of money that is mentioned on the list of open tasks. In some cases, work is done on hourly basis (9.09 €/h), but these cases must be agreed upon in advance. Finnish taxes must be paid from these payments. 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.
    • Everyone accumulates onors to their own onor account in Opasnet. This is a work-in-progress idea, and the practical implementation is somewhat open. One possible way to measure onors is to use rating bars about scientific quality and usefulness shown on mature pages.
  • The contributors will be given on request a certificate about the work content and time. However, this is not a certificate about employment, because contributors are not employees.

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).

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

Practical guidance

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:


Instructions for putting material into right places

You find interesting material/web pages but have no time to write articles
Find a page in Opasnet related to the topic. Copy-paste links to the material on the "See also" section of that page. Write a few words of description.
Same as above but you do not find a related page
Copy-paste the links to this page on "Miscellaneous" section.

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 hints:

  • From My preferences -link (upper right hand corner of the page) Special:Preferences you should disable rich text editor (found in 'Editing' section).
  • It's wise to categorize pages to classes by typing [[Category:Name of category]] to the beginning of a page.
    • There are already existing categories Category:Main_category and you can come up with more of them if needed.
  • All sources of information must be cited properly using the following tag <ref>. Please look for more instructions [[Help:Editing#Simple_reference_list|]].
  • The work will be payed as 'palkkiolasku' with the following form Hely_palkkiolasku_thl.pdf.
    • Fill in for the orderer of the work: Jouni Tuomisto / YMAL / YMTO. Henkilönumero (HOT) must be left open.

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.

See also

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