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Global Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Instruments

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The Science Policy Information Network (SPIN) was launched in 2010 by UNESCO's Regional Bureau for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean. SPIN is a revolutionary cluster of databases equipped with powerful graphic and analytical tools accessible at the click of a mouse. This information tool has been devised for decision-makers and specialists in science, technology and innovation (STI) everywhere to use, at no cost to the user. SPIN is operational in Latin America and the Caribbean and is being regularly updated with information on the 33 countries of the region.

Now, UNESCO is extending the SPIN platform to the rest of the developing world. Ultimately, the project hopes to extend coverage to approximately 130 developing countries.

In order to develop a Global Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Instruments (GO→SPIN), UNESCO will team up with the European commission’s ERAWATCH platform, which proposes coverage of approximately 70 developed and emerging countries. The project will ensure that both platforms are compatible, thanks to the development of the Paris Manual.

Once GO→SPIN is in place, it will provide regularly updated information on:

  • STI policies;
  • operational STI policy instruments; STI legal frameworks;
  • STI national systems: organizational charts and STI priorities;
  • a data analysis software managing more than 300 temporal series of indicators: economic, social, educational, industrial, scientific, technological, on innovation, infrastructure, ICTs, etc;
  • a database listing organizations that provide technical and financial co-operation on STI issues;
  • a web-semantic-text mining multilingual tool with different applications for selecting STI strategic priorities.;
  • a digital library with more than 900 UNESCO documents on STI policies.
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