Innovation in science, technology and industry

Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation Statistics


The following table provides descriptions of the databases of the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation on industry and innovation


Main Science and Technology Indicators (MSTI) Database

Biannual publication showing 72 standard tables on expenditure on research and experimental development (R&D) as well as on R&D personnel and researchers (62 indicators), patents (four indicators), technology balance of payments (three indicators) and international trade in R&D-intensive industries (three indicators).

Countries: 34 OECD member countries and the following non-member economies: Argentina, China, Romania, the Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa and Chinese Taipei.

Research and development (R&D) Database

Contains the full results of the OECD/Eurostat data collection on R&D expenditure and personnel.

The database is updated annually and available from 1981 onwards. It also services as input material for the MSTI and ANBERD Databases.

Countries: 34 OECD member countries including Chile and Mexico, plus the following non-member economies: Argentina, China, Romania, Russian Federation, South Africa and Chinese Taipei.

Research and Development Statistics (Analytical Business Enterprise Research and Development – ANBERD)

R&D expenditure data by industry for 100 manufacturing and services sectors based on the ISIC Revision 4 classification.

The database is available in electronic form from 1987 onwards.

Countries: Currently, 28 OECD countries and 4 non-member economies. ANBERD is updated on a rolling basis (country coverage to be extended).

Industrial data (Structural Analysis Database – STAN)

Industry employment, production, investment, trade data for 57 manufacturing and services sectors based on the ISIC Rev. 3 classification for different time periods depending on countries and variables with the earliest available for 1970.

Countries: 32 OECD member countries including Mexico.

Patent Statistics Databases

The OECD patent database covers data on patent applications to the European Patent Office (EPO), the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), patent applications filed under the Patent Co-operation Treaty (PCT) that designate the EPO, as well as Triadic Patent families.

Data mainly derives from the latest version of EPO’s Worldwide Patent Statistical Database (PATSTAT).

Pre-defined sets of indicators include patent counts by county and technology fields, indicators of international co-operation in patents (co-inventions, cross-border ownership of patents).

Countries: Coverage on applicants and inventors for all countries.

 Trademark Statistics

Statistics based on four micro-datasets for trademark applications to Europe, France, Germany and the United States mainly from 1998 onwards.

Countries: Coverage for all countries.

Key ICT and broadband data

Statistics on:

  • the communication infrastructure and subscribers to mobile, Internet, broad-band, cable TV, household and business access and use of ICTs
  • telecommunication and mobile telecommunication services revenue, telecommunication infrastructure investment, ICT value added in business sector value added, R&D expenditure in selected ICT industries, ICT employment in business sector employment
  • ICT-related patents as a percentage of national total (PCT filings), share of countries in ICT-related patents filed under the PCT, trade in ICT goods, top 50 telecommunication and IT firms.

Broadband statistics covering prices and speeds (e.g. average advertised download speeds) as well as additional penetration statistics and coverage statistics.

Countries (for most indicators): 33/34 OECD countries including Chile, Mexico and Turkey, plus the Russian Federation.

STAN Input-Output (I-O)

Matrices of inter-industrial flows of transactions of goods and services (domestically produced and imported) in current prices across 48 sectors.

Countries: all OECD countries (except Iceland) and 11 non-member economies: Argentina, Brazil, India, Indonesia, China, Romania, Russian Federation, South Africa, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Vietnam.

STAN Bilateral Trade by Industry and End-use (BTDIxE)

ISIC3 version

ISIC4 version

Estimates of current price imports and exports of goods by industrial activity (based on ISIC Rev.3 and ISIC Rev.4) and end-use category (i.e. household and capital consumption, intermediates inputs into production, and a few mixed end-uses, such as passenger vehicles and personal computers). Data are presented in the form of time-series, for a wide list of reporters and more than 150 partners (including the World).

Countries:  All OECD countries, 120 non-member economies including the BRIICS, major African, Asian, European, Latin American and Caribbean economies.

Activities of Foreign Affiliates Databases

Inward and outward activities of foreign multinationals in manufacturing and services at mainly 2-digit ISIC Rev. 3 level including:

  • number of establishments
  • number of employees
  • production/turnover/value-added
  • compensation of employees
  • R&D expenditures
  • number of researchers
  • gross fixed capital formation
  • intra-firm exports and exports
  • infra-firm imports and imports
  • gross operating surplus
  • technological payments
  • technological receipts

Countries: 28 OECD countries for manufacturing and 25 OECD countries for services with information on activities of OECD multinationals in emerging and developing countries.

Technology Balance of Payments Database

Provides data on the technology balance of payments receipts, total payments and payments as a percentage of gross domestic expenditure on R&D.

Countries: 24 OECD member countries including Mexico, plus the following non-member economies: Argentina, Romania, Russian Federation, South Africa and Chinese Taipei.

Innovation Indicators

The OECD has played a key role in the development of international guidelines for surveys of business innovation (Oslo Manual) and the design of indicators constructed with data from such surveys. In addition to developing methodological guidance, the OECD also carries out analytical studies using innovation-related indicators and microdata. This work is guided by the OECD Working Party of National Experts on Science & Technology Indicators (NESTI).

Nanotechnology Indicators

Key Indicators relating to nanotechnology.

CDH Indicators

Human resources are recognised as being key to the creation, commercialisation and diffusion of innovation. Among them, doctorate holders are not only the most qualified in terms of educational attainment, but also those who are specifically trained to conduct research. Not much is known however about their career and mobility patterns on the labour market. It is with this in mind that the OECD launched a collaborative project with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and Eurostat aimed at developing internationally comparable indicators on the careers and mobility of doctorate holders.  An expert group with representatives from national statistical bodies was formed to develop the technical components of the project and start compiling data at national level.


Related Documents


Innovation for Development

Statistical analysis of science, technology and industry


Countries list

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chile
  • China (People’s Republic of)
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • European Union
  • Faeroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guernsey
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Korea
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macao (China)
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia (Federated States of)
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestinian Administered Areas
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Serbia and Montenegro (pre-June 2006)
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovak Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syrian Arab Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • United States Virgin Islands
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Virgin Islands (UK)
  • Wallis and Futuna Islands
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe