Digital Science and Innovation Policy (DSIP)

In line with broader trends applying to several spheres of human activity, scientific research and related efforts are increasingly leaving a digital “footprint”. Data sources are widely distributed and include databases containing information on journal articles, patents, researchers, research projects, research equipment, policy measures, research organisations, etc. Data tends to exist in silos and has proven difficult to link until now. As a result of initiatives in the public and private sectors, databases are increasingly interconnected and new technologies and applications allow them to be exploited more extensively. This means that such data can be more readily used to build a picture of the incidence and impact of S&I activities, providing potentially valuable signals to science and innovation policy decision makers.

The adoption of digital information-based content and processes will play important roles in future S&I policy design, operational delivery and governance arrangements. Many countries are implementing quantitative and qualitative data infrastructures to support more evidence-based S&I policy making. These initiatives have been barely studied, however, particularly in a comparative framework, thereby providing few opportunities for international learning. At the same time, new developments in digital technologies that increasingly support the open dissemination, linking and re-using of various types of administrative / unstructured data are attracting attention and offer new digital data infrastructure possibilities, but also present a range of challenges.

The OECD “Digital science and innovation policy” (DSIP) project, carried out under the aegis of the OECD Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy (CSTP), will allow policy-makers and researchers to make an informed assessment of the transformational potential and possible pitfalls of DSIP. It will also facilitate international mutual learning on DSIP, and explore the potential for greater international cooperation, for example, on data sharing and common standards and platforms. The project will run for two years (2017-18) and will include an international survey of DSIP initiatives to better understand their scope, uses, and challenges. It will also include focused assessments of a few key issues.

More information can be found on this site and in the project flyer

A list of DSIP initiatives can also be downloaded here. This will be continually updated as the project progresses.