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Project on Statistics & Indicators of Bio- and Nanotechnology (OECD BNCT)

Biotechnology and nanotechnology are both disciplines of science and technology in their own right and providers of increasingly widely adopted tools to other fields of science and technology and to each other. This complex pattern of deployment signifys a growing convergence of traditional disciplines of science and engineering, and poses a formidable challenge to the creation and measurement of reliable indicators of the technologies’ development and impact.

The OECD Working Parties on Biotechnology (OECD WPB) and Nanotechnology (OECD WPN) have for several years set, measured and published indicators and statistics for biotechnology and nanotechnology (see below: 'Background Information on Statistics & Indicators'). With the creation of the new OECD Working Party on Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Converging Technologies (BNCT) in January 2015, the OECD now aims to re-confirm indicators and measurement methodology for these multidisciplinary and partially over-lapping technologies with a view to establishing exclusively accurate and relevant datasets.

OECD BNCT Report on statistics and indicators of biotechnology and nanotechnology

 

In the Report on Statistics and Indicators of Biotechnology and Nanotechnology (OECD Science, Technology and Industry Working Papers, 2018/06) the BNCT presents both indicators of biotechnology and nanotechnology that have been previously collected and analysed by the OECD (e.g. patent statistics), and new exploratory indicators (e.g. text-mining analysis) that have been chosen to delineate the two technology fields and to potentially help with the identification of areas of convergence.

 

 

Abstract:

This report brings together the latest available patenting and bibliometric activity data on biotechnology, nanotechnology and related emerging and converging technologies. The data has been collected by the secretariat to the OECD Working Party on Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Converging Technologies (BNCT). This report combines highlights of the indicators and statistics for both biotechnology and nanotechnology, collated and analysed by the BNCT. It provides a summary of trends and developments in biotechnology and nanotechnology over the last 20 to 25 years, based on the longitudinal analyses of patents.  In addition, an experimental indicator, which aims to identify trends and developments of research areas of biotechnology and nanotechnology, was introduced: publication titles of the two technology fields were analysed using a text-mining approach, and an overlay map of the most often use keyword co-occurrences was created, in order to visualise the developments over time in each research area.

Detailed additional material of this analysis can be found here.

OECD statistical definitions of Biotechnology and Nanotechnology

The OECD's BNCT has revised the OECD's statistical definition of biotechnology, which had last been reviewed in 2008, and proposes the adoption of a statistical definition of nanotechnology in the same format.

Follow this link to download a copy of the 'Revised proposal for the revision of the statistical definitions of biotechnology and nanotechnology' OECD Science, Technology and Industry Working Papers 2018/01 (by Steffi Friedrichs, Brigitte van Beuzekom)

 

 

 

Abstract:

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. Biotechnology and nanotechnology are both enabling technologies, which find applications and give rise to innovations in many industry sectors, contributing to determine wide ranges of economic and societal impact.

This document revises the OECD's statistical definition of biotechnology, which had last been reviewed in 2008, and proposes the adoption of a statistical definition of nanotechnology in the same format. The statistical definitions proposed in this document are indicative rather than exhaustive and are expected to change over time as biotechnology and nanotechnology activities evolve.

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NEW: OECD statistical Definitions of Biotechnology and Nanotechnology

Posted by Steffi Friedrichs on January 23, 2018

Follow this link to download a copy of the 'Revised proposal for the revision of the statistical definitions of biotechnology and nanotechnologyOECD Science, Technology and Industry Working Papers 2018/01 (by Steffi Friedrichs, Brigitte van Beuzekom)