Quantitative Methods for Place-Based Innovation Policy
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Quantitative Methods for Place-Based Innovation Policy

Measuring the Growth Potential of Regions

Edited by Roberta Capello, Alexander Kleibrink and Monika Matusiak

Place-based innovation policy design requires an in-depth understanding of territories and their complexity. Traditional statistics, with a lack of publicly available data at the disaggregated (sub-sectoral and regional) level, often do not provide adequate information. Therefore, new methods and approaches are required so that scientists and experts that can inform decision-makers and stakeholders in choosing priorities and directions for their innovation strategies. The book replies to such a need by offering advanced mapping methodologies for innovation policies with a special focus on approaches that take into account place-based policies.
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Chapter 8: Identifying specialisation domains beyond taxonomies: mapping scientific and technological domains of specialisation via semantic analyses

Enric Fuster, Francesco A. Massucci and Monika Matusiak


This chapter focuses on new methods that can be used at the interface of science and policy for the identification of the localised domains of specialisation in science and technology. The authors explore semantic methodologies which, by analysing the textual content of science and innovation-related documents (such as policy and project descriptions, scientific publications, patents, clinical trials, and so on) go beyond classifications, allowing emergent topics and domains to be identified, as well as mapping and benchmarking the local capabilities in specific domains of interest.

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