Demos for Democracy, featuring Opasnet

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The GovLab presents Demos for Democracy, an ongoing series of live, interactive online demos featuring designers and builders of the latest innovative governance platforms, tools or methods to foster greater openness and collaboration to how we govern.

Opasnet: open science-based assessments for decision-makers”

On October 30,2014, we had a conversation with Jouni Tuomisto about Opasnet, a wiki-based web-workspace that promotes science-based decision-making. The website collects, synthesizes, and distributes people’s values and scientific information. Though it, anyone can do original research, store data, make models, and perform policy assessments and discuss all of that work in one workspace.

Opasnet is managed by the National Institute for Health and Welfare in Finland and has won the World Summit Award Finland competition. The most important aspect of the platform is that the information is structured for both scientific scrutiny and for policy use at the same time.

What: Watch the video to find out what Opasnet is, how it works, the process of its design and how can the platform be used for social good.

More About Jouni: Jouni Tuomisto (M.D., Ph.D.) is an environmental health scientist in THL (National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland). He has previously done work on dioxin toxicology and air pollution risk assessment. More recently he has focused on decision analysis and decision support. His key interest is to improve the information flow from science to policy and also from policy to science about actual information needs. Opasnet was developed to be a web workspace for this information flow and for assessments and discussions between researchers, decision makers, and stakeholders.

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