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29 June 2017
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STI at the OECD Forum 2017

Do policy makers fully understand the digital world? How can we assess and ensure the well-being of all actors across the digital economy? Could the digital transformation be an economic leveller or will rich countries have the advantage in terms of skills and infrastructure? At the OECD's annual Forum on 6-7 June, STI Director Andrew Wyckoff presented the challenges and opportunities for a digital society and a digital future.
OECD Ministerial Meeting 
Going Digital: Making the Transformation Work for Growth and Well-being

The theme of the Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level was "Making Globalisation Work: Better Lives for All". Ensuring all people, firms and regions can thrive in an open and digitalised economy will play a strong role in achieving this goal. A report to Ministers provided a first glimpse of how to seize the opportunities and mitigate the challenges of digital transformation.

Read the Going Digital report to Ministers...
Enabling the Next Production Revolution: Main messages and policy lessons

The NPR poses multiple complex policy challenges. But through judicious policy, the opportunity exists to positively influence the next production revolution now. At the 2017 Ministerial Council Meeting, participants heard the key messages from the OECD's work on NPR, and discussed how to shape this phenomenon for the benefit of productivity, jobs, the environment and well-being. 

Read the NPR report to Ministers...
New releases 
OECD Review of Innovation Policy in Finland

Finland’s innovation system requires a coherent and unified new vision for STI, and renewed investment and policy instruments. It should be oriented towards renewal tackling societal challenges and developing new knowledge-based competitive advantages at global scale. Success calls for better co-ordination and co-operation among policy actors at national and regional-levels, and further internationalisation. 

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OECD Review of Innovation Policy in Norway

Norway is today increasingly facing a “triple transition imperative” in which it needs, first, to shift toward a more diversified and robust economy; second, to move to a more competitive, effective and efficient innovation system; and third, to support research and innovation activities that can confront an array of societal challenges (climate change, food security, aging, health and so on).

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The 2017 IP Statistics for Decision Makers (IPSDM) conference | 14-15 November 2017

The IPSDM conference aims to discuss how intellectual property data, statistics and analysis are used and can be used to inform decision-makers in both the public and private sectors, and to identify key information needs and possible shortcomings. The call for papers is now available.

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OECD ISSA survey microdata

The world of science is rapidly changing. The OECD ISSA initiative tracks scientists behaviours and opinions about major issues and trends of policy interest.  The anonymised microdata for the pilot survey have been released, allowing interested researchers to make their own indicators and analysis.  This open data approach aims to promote reproducibility and raise awareness about the OECD initiative, which in its forthcoming round will focus on scientist attitudes and behaviour in relation to digitalisation.

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Determinants of digital technology use by companies

The effects of policy measures on technology use by firms are markedly different across various ICTs. This means we need to reconsider the relevance of traditional aggregate policy measures. This paper contributes to our understanding by assessing changing patterns in the use of hardware and software and identifying the extent to which various plant characteristics and policy environments correlate with ICT investment.

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Skills and global value chains: A characterisation

By combining PIAAC-based skills indicators with OECD Trade in Value Added (TiVA) data, this paper sheds light on the way skills and their distribution relate to industry performance and integration into global value chains. The results underline the importance of cognitive skills such as literacy, numeracy and problem solving for any industry to thrive in the global economy.

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UN Ocean Conference | 5-9 June 2017
The OECD was proud to be part of this year's UN Ocean Conference on Our Oceans, Our Future: Partnering for the Implementation of SDG 14. Our oceans are facing unprecedented pressures from human activity, and these are only projected to rise in the future. We need a better alignment of policies across multiple sectors, integrating the value provided by ecosystems into our economic decision-making frameworks, scaling up finance in innovative ways and investing these resources more efficiently and strategically.
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Read The Ocean Economy in 2030...
OECD Global Forum on Productivity
Global value chains (GVCs) have become a critical feature of the global economy, bringing unprecedented changes in trading patterns, regional integration and productivity. Public policy can play an important role as countries seek to derive the potential productivity benefits from participation in GVCs and ensure that these gains are widely distributed across the economy, and to all citizens. On 26-27 June, the OECD and Government of Hungary held the 2017 Conference of the Global Forum on Productivity, to address pressing questions on the GVC-productivity theme.
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Steering the future path of technologies towards positive social and economic impacts

On 23 June 2017, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation shared his views on "Digitisation, innovation diffusion, productivity growth and a renewed policy response" as part of the OECD's seminar series on “New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC)”
Watch the keynote speech…
While it took 35 years after the telephone was commercially available for 25% of the US population to adopt the technology, diffusion of the internet and smartphones to 25% of the US population took roughly 7 and 3 years, respectively. 

Source: Determinants of digital technology use by companies
"Openness and

digital innovation, now

more than ever, the digital


is the economy"

Blog post by Jeremy West and Christian Reimsbach Kounatze
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