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Evaluation of Scientific & Technological Innovation and Progress in Europe, through Patents

Evaluation of Scientific & Technological Innovation and Progress in Europe, through Patents

Objective

Measurement and assessment of technological innovation is a very specific scientific subject, which is extremely important for many actors, like for example policy-makers, organisations and individuals. Therefore, it is required to extend the used methodologies and tools and to develop the required abilities and means to measure, assess and understand the on-going changes and their effects.
The main objective of this project is to develop efficient, innovative methodologies and tools for the analysis of information related to the technological innovation in a pan-European level, based on patents data. In this way, new indicators will be produced and calculated on a regular basis, providing reliable information on the scientific and technological progress in Europe.

Objectives:
The main objectives of the proposed project are:
- Exploitation of latest developments in IT in order to gain fast access to databases;
- Development of enhanced methodologies for the analysis and processing of these patents data;
- Development of a reliable, accurate way to measure technological innovation and to produce indicators on a regular basis;
- Improve the quality and timeliness of the produced indicators.

Work description

For the project objectives to be met successfully, the following activities should be undertaken:
- Examine in detail the adequacy, as well as the quality of the already used statistical methods, used to produce indicators (with special focus on those for the New Economy and the technology);
- Identify the suitable information sources (patent databases) on national and pan-European level and define all the possible legal and access right problems;
- Study the content and format of the stored data;
- Design and develop innovative methodologies for the analysis of the data on patents;
- Propose new indicators for the measurement of technological and scientific innovation, based on the new methodologies;
- Design, develop and test computer-assisted applications that will implement and support those methodologies;
- Verify the usefulness of the new methodologies and the system by running pilot applications in different pilot sites and suggest improvements.

The work, envisaged by this project, is neither trivial, nor straightforward. Addressing an area like the one here, developing new statistical methodologies for the calculation of scientific and technological indicators and building a computer-assisted system to support all these, imply the combination of multidisciplinary experiences and expertise in an efficient way.
It is important for the project to produce methodologies that will guide the statistical expert to the correct results and to the proper decision-making. In addition to these, the project faces many other challenges, some of which address sectors other than the statistical one (e.g. informatics). For example, we can mention the development of a highly sophisticated, but also user-friendly system, using state-of-the-art technologies, which will be adaptable to work with other databases.

Milestones:
- Exploitation of latest developments in IT, in order to gain fast access to patent databases available world-wide;
- Identify the available, suitable information sources (patent databases);
- Development of enhanced methodologies for the processing of these data;
- Propose new indicators for the measurement of technological and scientific innovation, based on the new methodologies;
- Design, develop and test computer-assisted applications that will implement and support those methodologies.

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RESEARCH ACADEMIC COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE

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Administrative Contact

Athanasios TSAKALIDIS

Participants (5)

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ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY ORGANISATION

Greece

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI STATISTICA

Italy

NATIONAL STATISTICAL SERVICE OF GREECE

Greece

QUANTOS S.A.R.L.

France

Project information

Grant agreement ID: IST-1999-20847

  • Start date

    1 November 2000

  • End date

    31 October 2002

Funded under:

FP5-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 089 748

  • EU contribution

    € 1 248 347

Coordinated by:

RESEARCH ACADEMIC COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE

Greece