Updated science and technology indicators

RICYT’s science and technology indicators have been updated and are now available online. The new information contains data from 1990 through 2010 and includes information per country and comparative indicators on financial resources, human resources, publications and patents.


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Announcement – 10th Ibero-American Congress of Indicators of Science and technology



The 10th Ibero-American Congress of Indicators of Science and technology will have as slogan “dialogue between producers and users of Information” and is going to update the agenda of discussion between the responsible for the production of official statistics of the region and different users of information: decision makers, managers and academics. Coinciding with the 22 years of RICYT’s work, debates will be promoted on what indicators of science, technology and innovation we generate, what use is made of that information, which are thelimitations and what new demands appears.

The meeting will be held in the city of San José de Costa Rica, between 20 and 22 November 2017. It is organized jointly by the Ibero-American Network of Science and Technology Indicators (RICYT), the Ibero-American Observatory of Science, Technology and society (OCTs/OEI) and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications of Costa Rica (MICITT).

The Congress will discuss the traditional issues linked to the indicators and extend the scope of the debate to those areas of work that can offer new tools for the analysis of science, technology, innovation and its relationship with society and development in the region.

Soon an open call will be made for the presentation of papers that can contribute to the discussion of the themes of the Congress.  

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Now Available: “El estado de la ciencia 2016

The Network for Science and Technology Indicators (RICYT) announces that the 2016 version of “El Estado de la Ciencia. Principales indicadores de ciencia y tecnología” is already available.

The main purpose of this publication is to provide, a set of useful tools for analyzing the problems of science, technology and innovation in our region. As well as in previous editions, this volume includes several reports concerning the main issues on the Ibero-American indicators’ production. This publication was elaborated by RICYT´s team, together with several collaborators specialized in the different areas that are presented here: Belen Baptista, Maria Elina Estebanez, Carmelo Polino and Myriam Garcia Rodriguez.

As usual, the book provides a series of indicators related with Science, Technology and Innovation.



Technical assistance to improve the construction of R&D indicators in Latin America and the Caribbean

RICYT, with the support of the Ibero-American Observatory of Science, Technology and Society of OEI, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) to carry out the project “Technical assistance to improve the production of Research and Development (R&D) indicators at the government sector in six countries of Latin America and the Caribbean”.

The project will be implemented by RICYT in association with each country´s National Agencies of Science and Technology and, as a result, the information available about  resources devoted to R&D activities at the public sector will be significantly improved.

Agenda 2014 is now available

At the “Publications” section, you will find available for download the Agenda 2014. This publication includes the work of many Iberoamerican researchers that were presented at the IX Iberoamerican Congress on Science and Technology Indicators organized by RICYT. This is a set of articles that addresses the major issues related to the measurement of scientific activity focusing on its conceptualization and its methodological approach.



Design and implementation possibilities of an Iberoamerican Manual on University interaction with the socioeconomic environment indicators

On June 20th and 21st, the workshop “Possibilities of design and implementation of an Iberoamerican Manual on University interaction with the socioeconomic environment indicators” took place in Valencia, Spain, in the Institute for Innovation and Knowledge Management (INGENIO), that is a part of the Valencia Polytechnic University and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

The meeting was organized by RICYT together with the the Ibero-American Observatory of Science, Technology and Society (OCTS-OEI) and INGENIO and had amongst its objectives to explore the possibilities of developing a manual for the establishment of University interaction with the socioeconomic environment indicators in the Iberoamerican scope.

The work included the discussion of a base document elaborated by INGENIO between a group of experts. The results have been promissory and consensus was reached in the interest of moving forwards in the production of a methodological guideline that enables a regional quantitative approach in this subject. 


The OECD NESTI Group approved a Frascati Manual annex about R&D measurement in developing countries

While the Frascati Manual was originally developed for the R&D measurement in the OECD member countries, its use has extended throughout the world.  Nevertheless, the differences in the relative development of the countries in the execution of R&D activities leads to the acknowledgement of the existence of some specific issues that non-member countries should face when launching their national data collections.

That is why the UNESCO Institute for Statistics proposed the possibility of generating a series of methodological guidelines about the application of some of the Frascati Manual´s concepts in developing countries. That is why some worldwide consults were organized, with RICYT´s participation given its experience in the collection of R&D data in Latin America and the Caribbean, that concluded with the presentation of a document in the last NESTI Group meeting. Last June 23rd, that document was approved and, after a last revision, it will be published by the OECD.