Innovation in the Software Sector

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This book throws a spotlight on innovation across the software universe, setting out key issues and highlighting policy perspectives. It spans research and development, invention, production, distribution and use of software in the market. It also covers core innovation themes from a user perspective -- including security and privacy, mobility, interoperability, accessibility and reliability.



The Economic Processes of the Software Sector

This chapter analyses how software (applications, software development tools, and systems infrastructure software, including embedded systems) differs from other technical fields in terms of innovation. It also explores the various economic processes – invention, production, distribution, use – for which software could turn out to be “different” – or, conversely – similar to other technical fields. In addition, this chapter discusses the ways software is measured by available statistics.


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