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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Science and digitalisation

Advances in scientific knowledge are key to developing new digital technologies. Over the last decade, China almost trebled its contribution to computer science journals, overtaking the United States in the production of scientific documents in this field. However, the share of documents that are in the world’s top-cited (top 10% normalised by type of document and field) is still close to 7%, less than the world average and well below the United States at 17%. The rate of computer science publications from China which are highly cited has nonetheless more than doubled since 2006, making China the second-largest producer worldwide. In some countries, such as Italy, Israel, Luxembourg and Poland, the production of scientific research in the field of computer science carries a much higher relative citation rate compared to overall scientific production within those countries. Nearly 20% of computer science publications by Switzerland-based authors feature among the world top-10% cited scientific documents. This figure reaches 25% for Luxembourg although with a much smaller level of scientific production.



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