The Resources Centre is compiled of numerous data bases all relating to innovation.
Its aim is to answer the needs of those who are active within the research and innovation system and the scientific community.
Original and new indicators may be devised through exclusive access to data sources and the mobilisation of the methodological skills of network members.
Fields of Expertise
Where the indicators are concerned, the Resources Centre is based upon 3 main fields of expertise:
- Measurement of the production of new knowledge
- EuroLIO attaches importance to producing, on a local scale, indicators which measure knowledge production levels. These may be technological (measured essentially via patents) or scientific (measured via publications). Specific attention is paid to three geographical scales: regions, agglomerations and clusters.
- EuroLIO is also beginning to become involved in the field of non-technological innovations (services, organisational, marketing, etc) as there are no local measurements for this type of innovation.
- Finally, the dynamics of localised innovation depends upon entrepreneurial development. Local setting up of new innovative firms is also one of the working themes for the EuroLIO network.
- Analysis of financial and human resources in terms of innovation
- The expenditure and personnel dedicated to R&D activities are essential for territories wishing to place themselves in terms of Knowledge Economy as they are a determining factor for innovation. Financial and Human Resources may be either technological or scientific.
- The territories’ “extra-research” potential (i.e. job qualification levels, the presence of intensive knowledge services, creativity potential, etc.) is also an important factor.
- Structuring of technological and scientific networks
Given the collective and interactive nature of innovative activities, it is necessary to identify and analyse the different forms of cooperation in order to improve our understanding of Innovation in its organisational dimension. EuroLIO has therefore developed indicators which enable a better grasp of these networks:
- Scientific (between research laboratories)
- Technological (between firms)
- Science – Industry (between firms and research laboratories)
Developing these indicators involves both:
- The degree of internal connectivity among the territories which are studied, in order to account for the links established between actors who are localised within a same region.
- The degree of external connectivity, for an improved definition of the territories’ integration within national, European and international networks.
EuroLIO has at its disposal many methodological competences for processing, analysing and graphically representing information. There are 3 main categories of competences:
- Processing and analysis of quantitative and geographical data
- Analysis of social networks
EuroLIO works with many organisations in order to enable access to data which allows the building/construction of local innovation indicators.
In order to develop these indicators, EuroLIO has set up a number of partnerships with data-providing organisations who also contribute to EuroLIO’s Steering Committee.