Measuring the Digital Transformation

A Roadmap for the Future

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Measuring the Digital Transformation: A Roadmap for the Future provides new insights into the state of the digital transformation by mapping indicators across a range of areas – from education and innovation, to trade and economic and social outcomes – against current digital policy issues, as presented in Going Digital: Shaping Policies, Improving Lives. In so doing, it identifies gaps in the current measurement framework, assesses progress made towards filling these gaps and sets-out a forward-looking measurement roadmap. The goal is to expand the evidence base, as a means to lay the ground for more robust policies for growth and well-being in the digital era.

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Roadmap: The digitalisation of science

Ministers from OECD countries and partners meeting at the OECD Ministerial Meeting held in Daejeon (Korea) in 2015 recognised in their joint declaration (www.oecd.org/sti/daejeon-declaration-2015.htm) that science, technology and innovation (STI) are being revolutionised by the rapid evolution of digital technologies. These technologies are changing the way in which scientists work, collaborate and publish; increasing the reliance on access to scientific data and publications; opening new avenues for public engagement and participation in science and innovation; facilitating the development of research co-operation between businesses and the public sector; and contributing to the transformation of innovation. The OECD was asked to monitor this transformation and invited to convene the international community working on STI data and indicators to develop new thinking and solutions for empirical evidence to guide policy. The 2016 OECD Blue Sky Forum (http://oe.cd/blue-sky) identified the digitalisation of STI both as a priority object of measurement and as a fundamental enabler of future statistical and analytical work (OECD, 2018).



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