26 February 2017
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Highlights
Main Science and Technology Indicators (MSTI) update

The latest available data show that R&D intensity - expenditure on R&D as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) - across OECD countries remained stable at 2.4% in 2015. Israel narrowly overtook Korea as the country with the highest Research and Development (R&D) intensity (4.25% compared to 4.23%), reclaiming the top-spot after 2 years in second place. R&D intensity plateaued at 1.95% in the EU area, rose marginally to 2.79% in the United States, and slightly declined in Japan to 3.5%. Meanwhile, China continued its steady increase, reaching 2.1% in 2015.

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Publications and data
Peer Review of the Norwegian Shipbuilding Industry

Rising oil prices before 2008 drove strong growth in Norwegian offshore ship production, but the current lower oil price environment is testing the industry. Yards are switching to other vessel types but it will be difficult to equal the turnover of past years…

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ICT: A new taxonomy based on the international patent classification

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are pervasive and increasingly critical to our economies. But assessing their impact requires a clear understanding of the technological components that make up an ICT bundle. This paper breaks new ground by proposing a new taxonomy that allows identification and mapping of ICT technologies regardless of
the products in which they are used.

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OECD broadband statistics update

High-speed Internet use continues to grow in OECD countries with mobile broadband penetration reaching 95 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in June 2016, up from 86 per 100 a year earlier.

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You might have missed it!

AAAS Meeting: What roles for science and technology policy in the Next Production Revolution?

On February 19, Alistair Nolan, Senior Policy Analyst at the OECD, gave a presentation on how new digital approaches to manufacturing are combining with advanced materials, robotics, big data, advanced logistics, user-driven innovation, and personalisation to drive a fundamental transformation of industry.

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Release of OECD STI Outlook policy profiles

As part of the OECD STI Outlook 2016, the OECD has now released the STI Outlook policy profiles. These include cross-country analyses that draw on the first joint EC-OECD survey on STI policies. They focus on major STI policy areas, instruments and trends: Governance, Globalisation of innovation policies, Facing new societal and environmental challenges, Innovation in firms, Sectoral innovation, Universities and public research, Skills for innovation.

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Media
Digitisation and the future of work: what it means for unions
Digitisation is seen by some as simply the next wave of technological progress, but there is a nagging fear that things could be different this time. In the blog, Andrew Wyckoff, Director for Science, Technology and Innovation at the OECD describes a period of technologically induced structural change that is moving at an exponential rate. This is leading to economic properties of “scale without mass”.

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Radio Village Innovation: 5 minutes pour comprendre (en Français)
Sandrine Kergroach, Analyst at the OECD, responded to Laurène Le Fourner's questions on Megatrends and Innovation. They focus on major STI policy areas, instruments and trends: Governance, Globalisation of innovation policies, Innovation for societal and environmental challenges, Innovation in firms, Sectoral innovation, Universities and public research, Skills for innovation.
Duration: 5 minutes
 
 
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