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1 Measuring Science, Technology and Innovation (STI): Definitions from a statistical perspective

2 A multitude of concepts
Some examples: Knowledge-based economy National innovation system Science, technology, Research and development, and innovation High-tech – low tech Brain drain


4 S&T: a linear model? The model Indicators 4
Inputs (R&D expenditure, Human Resources) Black Box (innovation) Output (patents, publications, high-tech products) 4

5 From model to indicators
Inputs (R&D expenditure, Human Resources) Black Box (innovation) Output (patents, publications, high-tech products) R&D survey R&D personnel R&D Expenditure Indicators Innovation statistics (NEW!) Administrative data (patents) Publications databases High-tech data (trade) 5

6 A systems approach Innovation is dynamic and complex:
Many actors, many linkages Feedback and feed-forward loops  innovation is non-linear 6

7 Standardisation of indicators
YOU ARE HERE Standards Consensus

8 UNESCO methodologies and frameworks
Recommendation concerning the International Standardization of Statistics on Science and Technology, 1978 UNESCO Manual for Statistics on Scientific and Technological Activities ST-84/WS/12, Paris, 1984 International Standard Classification of Education - ISCED 1997 (under revision)

9 “Frascati family” of OECD Manuals
Frascati Manual Oslo Manual Canberra Manual Patent Manual

10 Other relevant OECD frameworks
Handbook of Economic Globalisation Indicators Guide to Measuring the Information Society Framework for Biotechnology Statistics Productivity manual


12 all fields of science and technology ie. NS and SSH.
STA: Definition Scientific and Technological Activities (STA) can be defined as all systematic activities which are closely concerned with: generation, advancement, dissemination, and application of scientific and technical knowledge and applies to: all fields of science and technology ie. NS and SSH. Two major aspects characterise this definition. The first aspect relates to the nature of S&T activities: they concentrate upon, or are closely connected with, the production, the distribution and the utilization of scientific and technical knowledge. It is within the scope of S&T activities that scientific and technical knowledge is created, distributed, collected, modified, transformed, adapted to use and utilized. The second is connected with the fields covered.

13 STA coverage Scientific and technological activities comprise:
Research and experimental development (R&D) Scientific and technical education and training (STET) Scientific and technological services (STS)

14 An indicators “framework”

15 Research and Development
First edition published in 1963! Sixth edition published in 2002 De facto world standard 15

16 Research and experimental development (R&D)
R&D: Definition Research and experimental development (R&D) comprise creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of man, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications. Basic criterion: an appreciable element of novelty and the resolution of scientific and/or technological uncertainty. From this definition it is evident that the crucial element in identifying R&D is the presence of an element of creativity and innovation. This common character is shared both by scientific research and by experimental development. In order to identify properly these two activities, the essential elements which characterize them are set forth: i) the element of creativity ii) the element of innovation; iii) the use of scientific methods; iv) the generation of new knowledge. A scientific activity may be defined as scientific research only if these four elements are present.

17 R&D covers 3 activities Basic research (no particular application or use in view) Applied research (directed primarily towards a specific practical aim or objective) Experimental development (directed to producing new materials, products or devices)

18 Exclusions Excluded from R&D Education and training
Scientific and technological services / Other science and technology activities Other industrial activities Administration and other supporting activities  these will come back Education and training: but PhD research included Other science and technology activities: S&T information services, general purpose data collection, testing, feasibility studies, patent and licence work, policy related studies, routine software development Other industrial activities: (many innovation) acquisition of technology, tooling up, industrial engineering, design, production start up Administration and other supporting activities 18

19 An indicators “framework”

20 Specialized non-university higher education All university education
STET: Definition Scientific and technological education and training at broadly the third level (STET) can be defined as all activities comprising: Specialized non-university higher education All university education Organized lifelong training for scientists and engineers The "education and training" activities should be separated from R&D activities and from scientific and technological services. Thus, the research aspects of post-graduate training should be included in R&D. Similarly, activities of university libraries, of scientific museums, or of testing stations and survey work being performed in the institutions of higher education should not be included in the group STET but in the corresponding groups of S&T services. The clinical activities carried out within university clinics, which should be regarded as specialized medical care, should also be excluded.

21 Limits between R&D and teaching and training
Research and teaching very closely linked in higher education Results of research feed into teaching, and information and experience gained in teaching can often result in an input to research Difficult to define where education and training of staff and students end and R&D activities begin, and vice versa Elements of novelty distinguish R&D from routine teaching and other work-related activities

22 Borderline between R&D and education and training at ISCED level 6
Education and training at level 6 R&D Other activities Teachers 1. Teaching students at level 6. 3. Supervision of R&D projects required for student qualification at level 6 5. Teaching at levels lower than level 6 2. Training students at level 6 in R&D methodology, laboratory work, etc. 4. Supervision of other R&D projects and performance of own R&D projects 6. Other activities Post-graduate students 1. Course work for formal qualification. 2. Performing and writing up independent studies (R&D projects) required for formal qualification 4. Teaching at levels lower than level 6 3. Any other R&D activities 5. Other activities

23 Concerned with scientific research and experimental development
STS: Definition Scientific and technological services (STS) can be defined as any activities: Concerned with scientific research and experimental development Contributing to the generation, dissemination and application of scientific and technical knowledge The common denominator of this composite group of scientific activities, which are defined and illustrated below, is the direct or indirect link with R&D, from which they my be distinguished by the fact that they do not have the character of innovation. Therefore my work aiming at establishing new methodologies, procedures and techniques used in these services should be regarded as R&D.

24 STS: detailed activities
S&T information and documentation activities provided by libraries, archives, databanks, etc S&T services provided by museums, botanical and zoological gardens, etc Translation and editing of S&T publications Collection of data in the field of NSE. eg. meteorological observations Activities related to searching oil and minerals resources Collection of data on human, social, economic and cultural phenomena, by National Statistical Offices Testing, standardization, and quality control activities by National Bureau of Standards Extension, advisory services, feasibility studies, etc Patents and licenses activities by National Patent Office.

25 Other related scientific and technological activities
Scientific and technical information services General purpose data collection Testing and standardisation Feasibility studies Specialised health care Patent and licence work Policy-related studies Routine software development

26 An indicators “framework”
Innovation + Other industrial activities Admin and other sup. activities STA R&D STET STS

27 Innovation: the Oslo Manual
Jointly with the EC Part of the Frascati family Used for CIS and national innovation surveys 1st edition 1992 2nd edition 1997  coverage expanded to services 3rd edition 2005  including non-technological innovation 27

28 Innovation: definition (Oslo Manual 2005)
The implementation of: Technological innovation New or significantly improved product (good or service); or New process; or Non-technological innovation New marketing method; or New organisational method.

29 Innovation activities
Innovation activities are defined as: all steps which actually, or are intended to, lead to the implementation of innovations. some innovation activities are themselves innovative, others are not novel activities but are necessary for the implementation of innovations.

30 Examples: product and process innovation
Food products with new functional characteristics (margarine that reduces blood cholesterol levels, yoghurts produced using new types of cultures, etc.) Products with significantly reduced energy consumption (energy efficient refrigerators, etc.) The introduction of smart cards and multipurpose plastic cards A new, self-service bank office

31 Examples: marketing and organisational innovation
Implementation of a fundamentally new design of bottles for a body lotion intended to give the product a distinctively exclusive look Implementation of a personalised information system, e.g. obtained from loyalty cards, to tailor the presentation of products to the specific needs of individual customers First-time introduction of an integrated monitoring system for firm activities (production, finance, strategy, marketing) First-time introduction of quality control standards for suppliers and subcontractors

32 Borderline between R&D and other industrial activities
Included Prototypes Pilot plant Divided Industrial design and drawing Industrial engineering and tooling up Trial production Excluded After-sales service & troubleshooting Patent and licence work Routine tests Data collection Public inspection control, enforcement of standards, regulations

33 Borderline between experimental and pre-production development
Included: To make further technical improvements on the product or process Excluded: To develop markets, to do pre-production planning or to get a production or control system working smoothly

34 Personnel data cover only R&D proper
Problems at the borderline between R&D administration and indirect supporting activities Administration Personnel data cover only R&D proper Management, administration and clerical activities included only when these contribute directly to R&D projects and are undertaken exclusively for R&D Expenditure data cover the full cost of R&D, including the indirect supporting activities which are treated as overheads Service or indirect support activities (e.g. transportation, storage, cleaning, repair, maintenance and security) Excluded from personnel data but included in expenditure data as overhead

35 Clinical trials Clinical trial phases 1, 2 and 3 included in R&D
Phase 4 clinical trials excluded from R&D, except if they bring about a further scientific or technological advance

36 Criteria for distinguishing R&D from related activities
Basic criterion: an appreciable element of novelty and the resolution of scientific and/or technological uncertainty. Supplementary criteria: What are the objectives of the project? What is new or innovative about this project? What staff is working on the project? What methods are being used? Under what programme is the project funded? How general are the findings or results of the project likely to be? Does the project fall more naturally into another scientific, technological or industrial activity?

37 Examples: distinguishing R&D and related activities
In the field of medicine, routine autopsy on the causes of death is the practice of medical care and is not R&D; special investigation of a particular mortality to establish the side effects of certain cancer treatments is R&D. Similarly, routine tests such as blood and bacteriological tests carried out for doctors are not R&D, whereas a special programme of blood tests in connection with the introduction of a new drug is R&D. The keeping of daily records of temperatures or of atmospheric pressure is not R&D but the operation of a weather forecasting service or general data collection. The investigation of new methods of measuring temperature is R&D, as are the study and development of new systems and techniques for interpreting the data.

38 Examples: distinguishing R&D and related activities (cont.)
R&D activities in the mechanical engineering industry often have a close connection with design and drawing work. In small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in this industry, there is usually no special R&D department, and R&D problems are mostly dealt with under the general heading “design and drawing”. If calculations, designs, working drawings and operating instructions are made for the setting up and operating of pilot plants and prototypes, they should be included in R&D. If they are carried out for the preparation, execution and maintenance of production standardisation (e.g. jigs, machine tools) or to promote the sale of products (e.g. offers, leaflets, catalogues of spare parts), they should be excluded from R&D.

39 Identifying R&D in software development
Completion must be dependent on a scientific and/or technological advance Aim of the project must be the systematic resolution of a scientific and/or technological uncertainty In addition to the software that is part of an overall R&D project, the R&D associated with software as an end product should also be classified as R&D

40 R&D in software This is not to be counted as R&D:
Business application software and information system development using known methods and existing software tools Support for existing systems Converting and/or translating computer languages Adding user functionality to application programmes Debugging of systems Adaptation of existing software Preparation of user documentation

41 Examples of R&D in software
R&D producing new theorems and algorithms in the field of theoretical computer science Development of information technology at the level of operating systems, programming languages, data management, communications software and software development tools Development of Internet technology Research into methods of designing, developing, deploying or maintaining software Software development that produces advances in generic approaches for capturing, transmitting, storing, retrieving, manipulating or displaying information Experimental development aimed at filling technology knowledge gaps as necessary to develop a software programme or system R&D on software tools or technologies in specialised areas of computing (image processing, geographic data presentation, character recognition, artificial intelligence and other areas)

42 Criteria for identifying R&D in services
Links with public research laboratories The involvement of staff with PhDs, or PhD students The publication of research findings The construction of prototypes or pilot plants

43 Examples of R&D in banking and insurance
Mathematical research relating to financial risk analysis Development of risk models for credit policy Experimental development of new software for home banking Development of techniques for investigating consumer behaviour for the purpose of creating new types of accounts and banking services Research to identify new risks or new characteristics of risk that need to be taken into consideration in insurance contracts Research on social phenomena with an impact on new types of insurance (health, retirement, etc.), such as on insurance cover for non-smoker R&D related to electronic banking and insurance, Internet-related services and e-commerce applications R&D related to new or significantly improved financial services (new concepts for accounts, loans, insurance and saving instruments)

44 Examples of R&D in other service activities
Analysis of the effects of economic and social change on consumption and leisure activities Development of new methods for measuring consumer expectations and preferences Development of new survey methods and instruments Development of tracking and tracing procedures (logistics) Research into new travel and holiday concepts Launch of prototype and pilot stores

45 Summary STA R&D STET STS Admin and other sup. activities
Innovation + Other industrial activities Admin and other sup. activities STA R&D STET STS

46 Can be found in the supporting document
REFERENCES Can be found in the supporting document

47 Some abbreviations Abbreviations
STI Science, technology and innovation S&T Science and technology STA Science and technology activities STS Science and technology services STET Scientific and technological education and training at broadly the third level R&D Research and (experimental) development HRST Human resources for science and technology ICT Information and communication technology

48 Manuals (1) Frascati Manual: (E) (F) Oslo Manual: (E) (F) Canberra Manual: (E) Patent Statistics Manual: (E) (F) 48

49 Manuals (2) OECD Guide to Measuring the Information Society:
Biotechnology framework: (E) (F) Handbook on Economic Globalisation Indicators: (E) (F) Measuring Productivity: (E) 49

50 Contacts UIS field staff in Bangkok:
Nyi Nyi Thaung UIS field staff in New Delhi: Shailendra Sigdel The UIS S&T team in Montreal: Martin Schaaper Rohan Pathirage

51 Thank you!

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