• This new web portal of the EC-OECD International Database on STI policies provides freely available qualititative and quantatative information on over 7 000 policy initiatives from over 50 countries. It aims to become a central platform for policy research and advice supporting government officials, analysts and scholars.

    The official launch in Brussels on 27 April gathered experts in the field of STI policy including Kurt Vandenberghe, Director for Policy Development and Coordination at the Directorate-General Research & Innovation (DG-RTD) of the European Commission, and Dirk Pilat (@PilatSTI), Deputy Director of the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation.

  • On 16 May, Diego Piacentini (@diegopia), the Italian Government Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, gave a unique seminar at the OECD on his work to "build the operating system of Italy". On leave from Amazon, Mr. Piacentini's task is to make Italian public services for citizens and businesses usable in an easy and interoperable manner via a “Mobile First” approach, using the “Once Only” principle and making data open and easily accessible.

  • As governments try to stimulate innovation, they often struggle with how to coordinate policies across the diverse ministries that might have a stake in R&D and innovation efforts and their outcomes. Since 2006, the OECD has carried out innovation policy reviews in over 25 countries, building a wealth of good practices from which other countries can learn. 

  • Increased robot use, fuelled by price declines and the increased dexterity of these machines, is expected to affect existing/future production technologies and the organisation of production within global value chains. As many economies are implementing policies to support use of industrial robotics, this new working paper investigates how production may be affected via changes in offshoring and backshoring.

  • In 2017, 30 out of 35 OECD member countries and a number of other major economies gave preferential tax treatment to R&D. See our newly updated R&D tax incentive profiles available for 25 countries as well as the latest indicators and information on the cost, design and scope of R&D tax incentives.

  • The latest OECD data on R&D for 2016 show China on course to match OECD average R&D intensity by 2020. Find out more and download highlights from the recent update.

  • New digital tools are empowering, and can serve to support a new source of inclusive global economic growth. To seize this opportunity it is essential that no one, and especially no woman, is held back in trying to achieve their aspirations. Now is the time to ensure the digital transformation represents a leapfrog opportunity for women and a chance to build a more inclusive digital world. This brochure, prepared with the support of the Australian Government and launched in New York at the margin of the 62nd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, presents preliminary analysis and experimental indicators to help broaden the evidence base.

  • Between now and 2030, innovations such as 3D printers, robotics, new materials and data-led manufacturing will have fascinating implications for production. The more governments and firms understand, the better placed they will be to address the risks and reap the benefits.

    On 6 February,  Alistair Nolan from @OECDinnovation was at the American Library in Paris to discuss the OECD report The Next Production Revolution: Implications for Governments and Business

    •    Watch the replay on Facebook
    •    See the report

  • Agreement on a harmonised application of clear statistical definitions of technologies is pertinent to the delineation of technology fields both with regard to each other and within the context of wider economic developments.

    This document revises the OECD's statistical definition of biotechnology and proposes the adoption of a statistical definition of nanotechnology in the same format.

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  • This paper uses “centrality” metrics to reflect position within global value chains. Central sectors reflect those that are highly connected (both directly and indirectly) and influential within global production networks, whereas peripheral sectors exhibit weak linkages and are less influential. Applying these metrics to OECD ICIO data reveals that there have been profound changes in the structure of GVCs over the period 1995-2011.