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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) and innovation 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 about 20 developing countries.

• Development of an inventory of innovation surveys carried out worldwide.

• Production 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 of results of the R&D and innovation data collections.

• 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 Commonwealth of Independent States on the production of 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 2013

• 2014 UIS R&D survey.

• Establish global data collection on innovation conducted on a biennial basis (starting in 2013).

• 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 2013

• Global data collection on innovation.

• Publication on Higher Education and STI in Asia.

• Dissemination of innovation inventory.

• Production of a statistical annex for the World Social Science Report 2013.

• Calculate and publish regional averages of R&D data.

Meetings to be organized in 2013

• Capacity building workshops in Africa, Asia and South-Eastern Europe, including national workshops in China, Peru and Viet Nam.