Support for a Regional Program of Science and Technology Indicators

In the framework of the Lima Action Plan, resulting of the First Meeting of Ministers and Higher Authorities of Science and Technology held in Lima, Peru, November 11 and 12, the Science and Technology ministries of the hemisphere emphasized the importance of building a regional program for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators.

One of the points of the Action Plan remarks the importance of “supporting the creation of a Regional Program of Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators, using the cooperation mechanisms of Network on Science and Technology Indicators (RICYT), recognising the importance of measuring the social impact of the national and regional programs of science and technology for development, and to improve the formulation of sector indicators, regarding the gender approach”.

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“El Estado de la Ciencia 2003”

RICYT presents a new edition of the annual publication “El Estado de la Ciencia” including the main Science and Technology Indicators – 2003, where is analyzed the science and technology situation in the region.

In this opportunity, the book contains different articles analyzing the state of the art in the field of the scientific and technology measurement of the region and also it presents new indicators.

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First Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities of Science and Technology within the Framework of CIDI

The First Hemispheric Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities on Science and Technology within the Framework of CIDI will be held in Lima, Peru on November 11-12, 2004. It will discuss the role of science, technology, engineering, and innovation on the economic, social, cultural and scientific development within the Member States. It will also discuss its great impact in the job creation for confronting poverty and strengthening democratic governments, which will be the topics of the next Summit of High Authorities and Governments of the Americas that will take place in 2005.

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Results of the VI Indicators Workshop

With great success ended the VI Workshop on Science and Technology Indicators, organized by RICYT in Buenos Aires on September 15, 16 and 17. More than 300 people took part in the meeting, representing almost all the regional countries, along professionals from international institutions as OAS, OECD and UNESCO. The workshop had 80 presentations, available in this site.

As a conclusion of the workshop, the participants raised a final declaration recommending the support to RICYT’s activities in order to consolidate the regional scientific and technological information systems.

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Under the topic of “Measuring knowledge for social transformation”, the Sixth Workshop of Science and Technology Indicators Ibero-American and Inter-American gathered regional and extra-regional specialists to think about the role of science and technology indicators as guidance in politic, scientific, technology and innovation which contribute to the socioeconomic development in Ibero-American countries.

In addition to the traditional subjects related to the measurement of scientific and technology activities, new issues were discussed in the framework of the meeting. Sessions on innovation, social impact of science and technology, public perception of science, knowledge society, biotechnology indicators, gender in science and internationalization of science were included. The attendants to the workshop represented science and technology institutions of the whole region, as well as specialists of OAS, UNESCO, OECD and Eurostat.

During the conclusions of the meeting, the participants manifested that the importance on keeping the availability of updated and reliable indicators is a permanent challenge that deserves the support of the governments and institutions of the different countries and, at the same time, an essential condition for those which are capable to design and evaluate policies of science and technology development, closely related to the objectives of economic and social development.


The XI Seminar on Technology Management

The XI Seminar on Technology Management took place in Sanvador/Bahia, Brazil, supported by ALTEC – Latin- Ibero-American Association for Technology Management. The event was carried out through an alliance between various well-known Brazilian institutions, with the coordination of the Group of Technology Policy and Management of the University of São Paulo (PGT/USP), the Federation of Industries of the State of Bahia through the Euvaldo Lodi Institute – FIEB/IEL, the State University of Campinas – UNICAMP, the Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation of the State of Bahia – SECTI/BA, the State University of Bahia – UFBA, and the University of Salvador – UNIFACS.


Agreement UIS- RICYT

In the framework of VI Indicators Workshop, UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and RICYT signed a cooperation agreement in the field of science and technology statistics and indicators. The purpose is to strengthened the joint work, considering that both institutions share the objective of developing better statistics and indicators in the field of Science and Technology.

The signing of the agreement formalizes the joint work carried out by RICYT and UIS and gives a new institutional thrust to the development of science, technology and innovation indicators in the region.


The agreement sets a general framework of cooperation between both institutions and points out the next areas:

• Data collection: it was agreed that RICYT will carry out the collection of the information in the regional countries and give the information to the UIS, respecting the principles of non data duplication.

• Publications and circulation: Both institutions cooperate with the circulation of the activities and will carry out publications on the shared topics.

• Creation of capabilities: it was compelled the cooperation in the creation of science and technology capabilities, sharing the acknowledgements which refers to human sources and available methodologies.

• Methodological Development: it was agreed to develop jointly documents of methodological development.


Also, the UIS will spread the documents made by the RICYT along the region.


Central-America Seminar-Workshop on Science and Technology Indicators with a gender approach

Between the activities programmed for 2004, the Network on Science and Technology Indicators –Ibero-American and Inter-American- organized the Central-America Seminar-Workshop on Science and Technology Indicators with a gender approach. The meeting took place in June 10 and 11, 2004, in San Salvador , El Salvador . It was aimed at encouraging the elaboration of Science and Technology indicators in the region, under a gender-centred perspective.

There were present many representants of Science and Technology, as:

José Roberto Alegría Coto, Departamento de Desarrollo Científico y Tecnológico (CONACYT) El Salvador; Guillermo Godínez, Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONCYT) Guatemala; Aquiles Díaz Chávez, Consejo Hondureño de Ciencia y Tecnología (COHCIT) Honduras; Miriam Andrea Vigil Rodríguez, Consejo Nicaragüense de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONICYT) Nicaragua; Pilar Trimiño Vásquez, Comisión Nacional de Indicadores de Ciencia y Tecnología/Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica; and Lourdes Palma, Secretaría Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología e Innovación (SENACYT) Panama.

The meeting was co-organized with the local counterpart of CONACYT, and it was supported by OAS and OEI. María Elina Estébanez (researcher from Centro REDES, Argentina ) coordinated the meeting, in representation RICYT .

In the framework of the Project “Toward the construction of a system for science, technology and innovation indicators”, supported by the Organization of American States (OAS), Network on Science and Technology Indicators –Ibero-American and Inter-American- ( RICYT /CITED) has programmed a series of activities aimed at applying a gender approach to the construction of indicators in the region. As a part of these activities, it was performed the first sub-regional meeting, intended to begin the reflection about methodological alternatives and posibilities for the construction of science and gender indicators. The meeting took place in San Salvador , El Salvador , June 10 and 11, 2004, and was co-organized with the local counterpart of CONACYT. The meeting, titled Seminar-Workshop on Science and Technology Indicators with a gender approach, had the support of OAS and the Organization of Ibero-American States (OEI).

> Information about the seminary

> Seminar report


Seminar presentations

>Indicadores de Ciencia y Género en la RICYT

>Situación de la ciencia y la tecnología en América Latina

>Panorama de la participación de la mujer en las actividades de investigación y desarrollo en la región iberoamericana – interamericana

>Panamá: Indicadores de Actividades de Ciencia y Tecnología con Enfoque de Género

>Costa Rica: Indicadores de Ciencia y Género

>Costa Rica: Indicadores de Ciencia y Género. Análisis de datos

>Nicaragua: Situación del acceso a la información desagregada por sexo

>Honduras: Análisis y datos desagregados estadísticos sobre la mujer

>Guatemala: Situación de la Ciencia y la Tecnología a partir de Indicadores Básicos

>El Salvador: Indicadores de ciencia y tecnología bajo un enfoque de género

>El Salvador: Situación de la ciencia y la tecnología a partir de indicadores básicos: en Sistema Nacional de Innovación


Documents on science and gender indicators

>Estado de la Ciencia 2003

>Estado de la Ciencia 2002

>Desarrollo metodológico para la inclusión de la variable género en la construcción de indicadores – Dra. Tatiana Láscaris Comneno

>Desarrollos metodológicos para la inclusión de la variable género en la construcción de indicadores de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación en la región Iberoamericana-H.Vessuri, M.V. Canino, M.Rausell


INIST- RICYT Cooperation agreement

RICYT and the Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique (INIST – CNRS) of France, signed an agreement on cooperation for the production of indicators and the analysis of scientific information. The agreement includes the common work on research projects, knowledge exchanges, advising and training.

This new agreement will let RICYT to access the bibliography data bases PASCAL and FRANCIS and to the data analysis station STANALYST.


Advances of the Thematic Sub-Network on Innovation

2004 is a year of intense activity for the sub-network, since significant methodological developments on the subject of Innovation Indicators are taking place. Of them, one of the most important is the project for the revision of the Bogotá Manual, which is amongst RICYT’s main activities for this year. Coincidentally, OECD continues working on the redaction of a new version of the Oslo Manual, which would be formally presented in June 2005, within the framework of NESTI’s annual meeting. RICYT also actively participates in this effort.

Within the Latin American context, RICYT’s coordination has promoted, as a part of the Innovation Sub-Network activities, networking of experts directly linked to the design and performing of innovation surveys carried out in the region over the last years. The goal is to update and complement the recommendations included the Bogotá Manual 2000 version. Results of this work will be presented at RICYT’s Sixth Workshop on Science and Technology Indicators –Ibero-American and Inter-American- to be hold in Buenos Aires, September 2004. Preliminary documents and contributions, which are a part of the materials produced at the project’s stages, are already available.

See project’s goals

See preliminary documents and contributions

Regarding the Oslo Manual, RICYT has attended the different workshops carried out on this subject, and is currently coordinating –jointly with UIS-UNESCO- the elaboration of an annex that will accompany the main text of the manual’s next version. This annex will contain recommendations appropriate for measuring innovation in non-members developing countries.

> RICYT contribution


New Comparative Indicators

RICYT new comparative indicators are now available. The updated series cover from 1990 to 2002, including the 28 countries that currently provide information to the network. Indicators expressed in Purchase Power Parity (PPP) are also being included, in order to provide a new perspective in the S&T information comparison.

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The Purchase Power Parity (PPP) represents the quantity of local currency units required to buy goods or services in the local market, as one dollar would do in the United States market (using that country as reference). In that way, PPP measures involve the exchange rate, as well as the relative prices index of each country.

The main objective of PPP measures is to obtain the real values for the comparison of the GDP and S&T expenditure between countries.

All these tables will be published in the new edition of de annual report “El Estado de la Ciencia 2003”.