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Innovation mapping now

Nesta’s innovation mapping team seeks to transform innovation policy with new data sources, analytics and ways to present information. This report presents the problem we want to solve, the methods we use and how we work.

There is a glaring disconnect between technological innovation on the one hand, and productivity growth and societal well-being on the other.

Economic and innovation policymakers are seeking to fix it with ambitious missions, challenges and national strategies that align technology development with societal needs and make innovation more inclusive. Traditional data sources, with their static taxonomies, aggregate statistics and simple summaries of a complex economy fall short of these policymakers’ evidence needs.

Nesta’s innovation mapping team seeks to overcome these barriers with new, more detailed and timely data, powerful analytics and ways of presenting information. This report summarises what we are trying to achieve, our audiences, projects, methods and outputs.

  • Bigger investments on science and technological innovation are not being accompanied by productivity growth, inclusion and societal well-being.
  • A new wave of innovation policies is seeking to fix this disconnect with an approach that is more activist, directional and holistic.
  • These new policies need to be informed with timely and relevant data about emerging technologies, innovation systems and innovation impacts.
  • Nesta’s innovation mapping team seeks to deliver these data in a way that is user-driven, pragmatic, eclectic, open and human-centric.

Authors

Alex Bishop

Alex Bishop

Alex Bishop

Principal Researcher, Innovation Mapping

Alex is a Principal Researcher in Data Science for innovation mapping working in the Innovation Mapping team.

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Luca Bonavita

Luca Bonavita

Luca Bonavita

Data Visualisation Designer, Innovation Mapping

Luca is a Data Visualisation Designer, focusing on the technical means to make data exploration intuitive and natural.

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Joel Klinger

Joel Klinger

Joel Klinger

Data Developer, Innovation Mapping

Joel is a Data Developer in the Innovation Mapping Team, which researches international innovation systems by drawing together new data sources, data science methods and state-of-the...

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Juan Mateos-Garcia

Juan Mateos-Garcia

Juan Mateos-Garcia

Director of Innovation Mapping

Juan leads a team of data scientists, developers, visualisers and innovation experts who use new datasets, analytics methods and visualisation tools to inform innovation policy.

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Adeola Otubusen

Adeola Otubusen

Adeola Otubusen

Junior Data Scientist, Innovation Mapping

Adeola is a Junior Data Scientist in the Innovation Mapping team.

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George Richardson

George Richardson

George Richardson

Principal Researcher (Innovation Systems), Innovation Mapping

George uses data science and machine learning on new data sources to research the possibilities for creating maps of the innovation landscape.

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Soraya Rusmaully

Soraya Rusmaully

Soraya Rusmaully

Project Manager, Innovation Mapping

Soraya is a Project Manager working on the European Commission Horizon 2020 project, EURITO.

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Konstantinos Stathoulopoulos

Konstantinos Stathoulopoulos

Konstantinos Stathoulopoulos

Principal Researcher, Innovation Mapping

Konstantinos is working as a Principal Researcher on Nesta's Research Analysis and Policy team.

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Chantale Tippett

Chantale Tippett

Chantale Tippett

Principal Researcher (Innovation Systems), Innovation Mapping

Chantale is a Principal Researcher of Innovation Systems in the Innovation Mapping team. She contributes to the team’s work on producing timely and relevant maps of innovation ecosys...

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Russell Winch

Russell Winch

Russell Winch

Junior Data Engineer, Innovation Mapping

Russ was a Junior Data Engineer in the Innovation Mapping Team and will be working on the development of data products and the implementation of a data production system.

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Hasan Bakhshi

Hasan Bakhshi

Hasan Bakhshi

Centre Director, Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre (PEC); and Executive Director, Creative Economy and Data Analytics, Nesta

Hasan oversees Nesta's creative economy policy, research and practical work.

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