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OECD news on innovation, science, technology and industry: February 2014



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Upcoming event

We are pleased to announce that the fourth Global Forum on the Knowledge Economy (GFKE) will be held at Hotel Okura in Tokyo on 2-3 October 2014. This event will bring together policy makers, innovation stakeholders and experts from across the globe to discuss the second phase of the OECD horizontal project on New Sources of Growth: Knowledge-Based Capital, in particular its pillar on data. The objective is to exchange at the international level on the collection, analysis and use of data to foster growth and improve well-being. The GFKE will be interactive with roundtable discussions including panellists from developed and emerging countries. There will also be many opportunities for networking and interaction among participants. We hope that you will be able to join us and will provide you with further details as they become available.

Recent releases

Main Science and Technology Indicators Main Science and Technology Indicators 2013/2 (17 January 2014). The latest OECD estimates of research & development (R&D) expenditure growth show that China has edged ahead of the European Union for the first time in terms of investment in R&D. China invested 1.98% of its GDP in R&D in 2012, compared to 1.97% for the European Union. The data also shows that Korea ranks first among OECD countries in terms of R&D spending to GDP, a position long held by Israel.
National Intellectual Property Systems, Innovation and Economic Development with perspectives on Colombia and Indonesia

National Intellectual Property Systems, Innovation and Economic Development with Perspectives on Colombia and Indonesia (14 January 2014). This publication addresses the role of national intellectual property systems in the socio-economic development of emerging countries, notably through their impact on innovation. It presents a framework that identifies the key mechanisms that enable intellectual property systems to support emerging countries’ innovation and development objectives. The report also presents country studies conducted on Colombia’s and Indonesia’s intellectual property systems.  

Connected Televisions: Convergence and Emerging Business Models (Digital Economy Paper, 23 January 2014). Today, anything connected to a screen and a network can be used as a television. These new devices and their related services, such as online TV and video-on-demand, change how television is delivered. This report explores the new services enabled by connected televisions and also looks at the impact of these new devices on telecommunication networks. For example, the report finds that all broadband networks can, in principle, support connected television and online television services, despite the fact that some experts claim that the increasing video traffic, described as a “data tsunami”, could one day lead to networks dramatically succumbing to the amount of data sent.


Integrating ‘Omics’ and Policy for Healthy Ageing (STI Policy Paper, 28 January 2014). An ageing population brings new challenges both to healthcare systems and to medicine. Biomedical innovation, and in particular research into "omics technologies", offers the promise of new means of detection, prevention and treatment of age-related disabilities and diseases. This report provides a synthesis of a workshop organised by the OECD and the Human Genome Organisation (HUGO) in March 2013 that focused on the latest advances in omics technologies for healthy ageing and the policies and practices needed to facilitate their responsible development and integration in medical research, innovation and health policy.



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