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This report describes the potential of bibliometric and patent studies to identify centers of excellence in Europe in science fields. In particular four Life Sciences fields of are taken as case studies. The contractors describe the methodological and practical problems of the used data and analyses as well as the potential and feasibility of such an exercise.
To summarize, the major questions of the present report are whether
- it is possible to handle the large data sets linked to the considered areas in a satisfying way,
- such an exercise can be executed with a reasonable amount of work and costs,
- it is possible to identify relevant institutions in the areas considered,
- the results can be presented in a way that is adequate to the needs of different user groups.
Based on the experiences of the present exercise, various measures to improve the methods of analysis and presentation are suggested. The entire project with the developed tool is available at

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