STI Policy Taxonomy / Ontology

The project utilises Semantic Web technologies that engender analytical flexibility and data openness. Semantic Web technologies provide far greater flexibility than a traditional relational database and can admit any type of data. They rely on taxonomies and ontologies that structure data, opening it up for linking and analysis. A wide variety of concepts and relationships between them can be modelled, and a selection should be made according to the sorts of policy analysis required.

The project will develop an STI policy taxonomy / ontology, which will be deployed to ‘semantically enrich’ countries’ data. This will significantly strengthen analytical capabilities and improve utilisation of country information in research and policy analysis work. Aided by professional taxonomists in the OECD, STI policy experts will describe STI policy concepts and the types of relationships between them. The project team will elicit STI policy expert inputs through mini-workshops in the OECD and DG RTD and an open workshop meeting involving researchers who are already developing elements of a STI policy taxonomy / ontology. These researchers will be invited to join a STI policy taxonomy / ontology research network that loosely coordinates the activities of its members to avoid unnecessary duplication and to accelerate development of an open STI policy taxonomy-ontology standard. In the meantime, the project will generate a series of editions of the STI taxonomy, which will be continually developed in the course of the project. The ultimate aim is to develop an STI policy taxonomy / ontology open standard that will be freely available for other researchers and policy analysts to use in strengthening analysis of their own datasets.

It is also expected that the taxonomy-ontology will be widely deployed by other policy-makers and analysts in their own knowledge management and research infrastructures.


The EC-OECD STI Policy Survey 2017 was launched in October 2017.

The Survey's questions are in this file: PDF iconDSTI-STP-2017-24 Final version of STIP survey.pdf

The Survey uses taxonomies, including:




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