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European innovation scoreboard 2004 - Comparative analysis of innovation performance

Funded under: FP6-INNOVATION


This is the fourth edition of the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS). The EIS is the instrument developed by the European Commission, under the Lisbon Strategy, to evaluate and compare the innovation performance of the Member States. The EIS 2004 includes innovation indicators and trend analyses for all 25 EU Member States, as well as for Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, the US and Japan. As in 2003 the EIS is part of a package together with the European competitiveness report and the enterprise scoreboard. The choice of indicators for the EIS has been co-ordinated with the “structural indicators” and with the research policy indicators published in the Key Figures and in “Investing in Research; an action plan for Europe.” The annex includes tables with definitions as well as comprehensive data sheets for every country.
The EIS is based on 20 indicators. They are combined into a composite indicator, the Summary Innovation Index (SII), which provides an overview of the relative national innovation performances. The SII is calculated for all countries, based on a number of available indicators, which can vary from 12 to 20 depending on the country. Ideally, one would like to compare all countries using all indicators in one SII. However, data are unavailable for a number of indicators for several new Member States, the Applicant Countries, the US and Japan. Consequently, the innovation rankings based on the 2004 SII need to be interpreted with caution. Furthermore, the SII is a relative instead of an absolute ranking. Having an SII twice that of another country does not mean that the absolute innovation performance is also twice as good.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Enterprise, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2005. 97 pp, free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: NB-AS-04-001-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-8959-6
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