Taxonomy for science and engineering indicators: A reassessment

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Abstract

Science policy researchers and scientists themselves know reflexively that differences among scientific fields matter. However, sets of government-sponsored science and engineering (S&E) indicators are quite general and in most instances do not report differences among fields. We evaluate the current limitations of S&E indicators, identifying particular data needs about scientific fields. We suggest developing a dis-aggregated, flexible S&E classification. We argue that disaggregating S&E indicators through faceted analysis or webbed or networked databases will enable users to account for specialization, interdisciplinarity and emerging fields, and to adapt the S&E indicators across databases, making indicators more useful for international comparison.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-248
Number of pages10
JournalResearch Evaluation
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Taxonomy for science and engineering indicators : A reassessment. / Feeney, Mary; Bozeman, Barry.

In: Research Evaluation, Vol. 14, No. 3, 12.2005, p. 239-248.

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