RICYT’s science and technology indicators have been updated and are now available online. The new information contains data from 1990 through 2009 and includes information per country and comparative indicators on financial resources, human resources, publications and patents.
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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.
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.
On October 5 and 6 of 2010, took place the VIII Ibero-American Congress of Science and Technology Indicators, in Madrid, Spain. The meeting was organized by the Network on Science and Technology Indicators (RICYT), the Observatory on Science, Technology and Society, which belongs to the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI) and the Institute of Documentary Studies on Science and Technology of the Spanish CSIC. It will be held at the CSIC Centre of Social and Human Sciences.
The main theme of the meeting was “Social demands and new trends in scientific and technological information” and it aimed at expanding the discussion in relevant topics related to science, technology and innovation indicators. The two main objectives of the 2010 edition were: on one hand, updating the debate on traditional issues associated with the measurement of regional indicators; on the other, spreading its scope to those areas which may provide new tools to shorten the gap between science, technology and society.
The Congress was attended by official representatives from various countries and international organizations, technicians devoted to the generation and analysis of indicators, and delegates from each national S&T agency in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Download some of its presentations at: congreso.ricyt. org
The 2009 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, in an agile and dynamic fashion, a set of useful tools for analyzing the problems of science, technology and innovation in our region. The volume includes a CD containing not only the materials published in the printed version, but also a list that summarizes the key aspects of the institutional frames of science and technology of all the countries that are RICYT members.
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RICYT’s science and technology indicators for Ibero-America and the Caribbean have been updated and are now available. The new information contains data from 1990 through 2007 and includes several classifications, such as: information per country, comparative indicators on financial resources, human resources, publications and patents.
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This workshop’s main objective is to study all we know about the state of innovation indicators in Latin America and both its actual and potential use as a political resource. Almost a decade ago, RICYT developed and published the Bogotá Manual (RICYT/COLCIENCIAS, 2000), which still acts as a guide to the different situations that our countries have to encounter while measuring innovation. The Bogotá Manual was structured around three questions: Why do we measure innovative processes? What do we measure? How do we do it? Nowadays, we feel in need of adding a new question: after retrieving the information, how can we use it to design and evaluate public policies?
The workshop will take place in Montevideo, Uruguay, during September 17 and 18. The organization of the seminar is being handled by the Investigation and Innovation National Agency of Uruguay (ANII) and the Network on Science and Technology Indicators (RICYT), with the sponsorship of the Ibero-American Observatory of Science, Technology and Society (OCTS-OEI), the Agencia Española de la Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) and the Centro Internacional de Investigaciones para el Desarrollo (IDRC), plus the support of the Comisión Económica para América Latina (CEPAL) and the Ibero-American Development Bank (BID).
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The 2009 version of the Lisbon Manual is already available. The original edition goes back to 2006. Since then, its contents have gone through a vast series of changes. The transition to the Knowledge Society, as said on the Manual’s back cover, “is a phenomenon defined by change”. Every change demands revisions, corrections, actualizations. That is the purpose of the 2009 version, the result of the joint efforts of the Ibero-American and Inter-American Network on Science and Technology Indicators (RICYT), the Portuguese Ministry of Education, the Ibero-American Observatory of Science, Technology and Society and the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID).
The 2009 version aims at providing an even better and more complete understatement of the existing data concerning the Information Society. Not only has the 2006 information been refreshed, but it also adds new dimensions of analysis that have been found utterly relevant for the Ibero-American region in this past three years: universal connectivity, the education and the participation of users in the creative process related to new technologies. The basic draft for the annex and the actualization of the original chapters were discussed during the IV Ibero-American Seminar on Knowledge Society Indicators that took place in Portugal in September of 2009.
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The 2008 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, in an agile and dynamic fashion, a set of useful tools for analyzing the problems of science, technology and innovation in our region. The volume includes a CD containing not only the materials published in the printed version, but also a list that summarizes the key aspects of the institutional frames of science and technology of all the countries that are RICYT members. “El estado de la ciencia” also includes two special reports devoted to the current status of nanotechnology and innovation in Latin America.
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