What I do
I am an Economist in Policy and Research's Creative Economy Team. I have 15 years of experience doing research to improve innovation policy and practice, increasingly using data analytics and data science methods. I am interested in using new data sources and methods to understand the emergence of new technologies, jobs, industries and clusters, and their connectivity in innovation systems.
I am currently leading Arloesiadur, a project to build a data platform to access, combine and analyse data to inform innovation policy in Wales.
Other projects where I have used these methods include TechNation 2016, several Nesta data blogs using new web datasets such as Meetup, GitHub or Kickstarter, a project to Map the UK Games Industry using big data, and the Net Effect, where we used Twitter data and social network analysis to measure connectivity at innovation events
Previously, I worked on a programme of research and policy development to understand the skills implications of the data revolution, Next Gen, an independent review to transform the UK into the best global source of talent for the video games and visual effects industries, A Manifesto for the Creative Economy, which proposed a plan to help the UK creative economy remain a global leader in digitised creative markets, and Creative Clusters and Innovation, which created the first geography of the British creative industries.
I am @JMateosGarcia in Twitter.