OECD Working Party of National Experts on Science and Technology Indicators (NESTI)

What is NESTI?

The Working Party of National Experts on Science and Technology Indicators (NESTI) is in charge of monitoring, supervising, and co-ordinating statistical work on science, technology and innovation (STI), contributing to the development of indicators and quantitative analyses needed to meet the requirements and priorities of the Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy.

NESTI is one of the longest serving working groups of the OECD, with its existence pre-dating the creation of the OECD in 1962 when experts from several countries met to agree on standards on the measurement of research and development (R&D). This subsequently led to the first edition of the OECD Frascati Manual in 1962.The 2015 edition was launched by the OECD Secretary General at the meeting of science and innovation ministers held in Daejeon, Korea.

Since 1986, NESTI has bee responsible for convening the OECD Blue Sky Fora, the global events through which the OECD engages the global expert and policy community to discuss the future of Science, Technology and Innovation data and indicators. This is an open and unconstrained discussion on evidence gaps in science and innovation and on initiatives the international community can take to address data needs in this area. Blue Sky has been held in Paris (1996)Ottawa (2006) and more recently in Ghent (2016)



Aims and Scope

The Working Party of National Experts on Science and Technology Indicators (NESTI) will monitor, supervise, direct and co-ordinate statistical work on science, technology and innovation (STI), contributing to the development of indicators and quantitative analyses...


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NESTI 4 April 2018 update

Posted by Fernando Galindo-Rueda on June 10, 2016  

Latest news 

The OECD Global Science Forum and NESTI will be holding a joint workshop at OECD on 9 April 2018 on aspects relating to the defining and measuring scientific excellence and open science. This workshop is part of the broader GSF meeting taking place next week. For more details, please see here.

The release of revised Oslo Manual 2018 drafts for delegate approval has just started. Following delegate feedback the revision group has been revising the chapters. Chapter 1 is already available on the OECD Network Environment and at the OM revision collaborative space. Other chapters will follow as they undergo the full process of STI internal approval. Once all chapters are available, an announcement will kick off a three week approval period by NESTI via written procedure. 

Also recently released: 

OECD Main Science and Technology Indicators:  http://oe.cd/msti

OECD Data and indicators on R&D tax incentives: http://oe.cd/rdtax


Previous - January 2018

NESTI met on 14-15 December 2017 in Madrid, hosted by the Spanish Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO). 

Key outcomes from this meeting include:

- The adoption in principle of the Oslo Manual 4th edition, incorporating a number of edits agreed athte meeting. The content editing has now been resumed by the revision's steering group. https://community.oecd.org/community/oslo-review

- The adopt of the forward-looking NESTI Roadmap drawing on the OECD Blue Sky Forum 2016.Thanks to the countries that submitted written comments. 

- A successful workshop of the OECD microBeRD 
All relevant documents are available to registered delegates at http://oe.cd/copnesti under papers for December 2017 meetings http://oe.cd/nesti2017b. This includes a draft of the summary record. You can also find and post photos taken during the event. 



How to access the NESTI community space?

If you're a participant in NESTI activities, getting started should take less than five minutes.

Below is a detailed step-by-step guide for your convenience.

(1) Create your IPP account: Go to

https://www.innovationpolicyplatform.org/user/register . You will notice you have two options to register to the IPP:

Option 1 : Use one of your existing accounts. If you already have a LinkedIn, Google, Yahoo, or Facebook account, you don’t need to create an additional username/password combination. Just click on the logo of one of your existing accounts:

A pop-up will appear and you will need to log-in to the service you have selected. It may ask you to accept it being used as a shortcut to log-in to the IPP. Once you have done that, the pop-up will disappear and the IPP sign-up form will reload. Fill-in the remaining fields (those marked with a red asterisk are mandatory), type the text/numbers you see in the CAPTCHA test and click on “Create new account”.

Option 2 : Create a dedicated IPP account. If you don’t have a third-party service or prefer not to use one, just fill out the form without clicking on any logo. Once you’ve clicked “Create new account”, you’ll receive an email with a verification link. When you click on that link, you will be prompted for a password to finish setting up your account.

(2) Request access to the NESTI CoP: Go to the following link and simply click on the “Join” button.


(3) You’re done! The OECD Secretariat will be notified of your request and give you access as soon as possible. You will receive an email confirming your registration, which will allow you to access upcoming private sections (members only) found in http://oe.cd/copnesti. Add this address to your browser’s bookmarks for easy access.