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The Database of International Statistical Activities (DISA) lists the activities of over 30 statistical organizations active in the UNECE region. Updated every year, DISA is a coherent catalogue of planned work in international statistics over the coming year.  

Research and Development, Human Resources in Science and Technology and Innovation

Work Programme

The current programme of the UIS includes:

• Collection and publication of data and metadata on research and development (R&D) from all countries in the world in co-ordination with OECD, Eurostat and RICYT (Latin American network on S&T indicators);
• Pilot data collection on innovation conducted in almost 20 developing countries;
• Establishing and maintaining an inventory of innovation surveys carried out worldwide;
• Development of guidelines on how to conduct R&D surveys in developing countries;
• Promotion of a model survey on the careers of doctorate holders in a joint project with OECD and Eurostat;
• Publications on the results of the R&D data collection;
• Training workshops on STI statistics.

Ongoing methodological work

• Prepare guidelines on how to conduct R&D surveys in developing countries, including the development of a model questionnaire;
• Review methodological issues in the former centrally planned economies (Commonwealth of Independent States) when producing R&D data according to Frascati Manual standards;
• Revise concepts used for S&T Education and Training (STET) and S&T Services (STS);
• Contribute to ongoing work on measuring innovation in agriculture, the informal sector and the public sector.

Priority objectives beyond 2012:

• 2012 UIS R&D survey;
• Establish global data collection on innovation conducted on a biennial basis;
• Capacity building activities;
• Methodological guidance for developing countries on the collection of R&D and innovation data;
• Analysis of STI indicators.

New work to be undertaken in 2012:

• Analysis of the pilot collection of innovation data;
• Publications on international mobility of researchers and R&D data (digital atlas and booklet);
• Process and disseminate R&D metadata;
• Develop a model innovation survey in cooperation with RICYT;
• Produce a statistical annex to the World Social Science Report 2013;
• Develop system to calculate regional averages;

Meetings to be organized in 2012:

• Capacity building workshops in Africa, the Pacific, Asia (Gulf countries) and South-Eastern Europe, including national workshops in Viet Nam and Qatar.