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  • 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

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  • 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. 

  • What are the recent policy and technology approaches to bridging the digital divide in rural and remote areas in OECD countries? Experience in OECD countries with fibre optics, coaxial cable, copper, fixed and mobile wireless, satellites and hybrid approaches, as well as with emerging technologies, are used to illustrate some of the technological trends discussed in this paper. It also includes a summary of common challenges and good practices to bring improved communication services to individuals and communities in rural and remote regions.

  • Published last October, the Digital Economy Outlook looks at policy implications of the digital transformation and shows how Internet infrastructure and usage vary across countries and firms in the OECD area.

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  • Released in November, the STI Scoreboard 2017 draws on the latest internationally comparable data to show how the digital transformation affects science, innovation, the economy and the way people work and live.

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  • William Bonvillian, Lecturer at MIT and Advisor to MIT's Industrial Performance Center, reflects on the potential of advanced manufacturing to drive up production efficiency and create jobs up and down the value chain.

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  • OECD Director for Science, Technology and Innovation Andrew Wyckoff attended the 2nd World Conference on Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Istanbul on 12-14 May, and presented his views on the comparative performance of OECD countries on key science, technology, innovation and business dynamics indicators.

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  • OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría delivered remarks on the benefits and challenges of digitalisation, arguing that bridging digital divides must be placed at the centre of the agenda.
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  • The Kazakhstan government has made a concerted effort to increase R&D activity and launched major reforms, strategies and programmes to boost science & technology. Yet the goal of greater innovation and value creation has not yet been fully realised.

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