UPDATES March 2017: EUPRO
The Center for Innovation Systems & Policy at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology maintains the EUPRO database, which contains detailed information on research projects funded by the European Union in its Framework Programmes (FPs) for Research and Innovation. In the recent course of the RISIS project, scientists as AIT have expanded and improved EUPRO itself, as well as used EUPRO as a key tool for research.
At AIT, we have substantially expanded the data contained in EUPRO. We have updated the database to include information on projects through the end of 2016, while further cleaning and standardizing the project data. We have extended the information on funding sources for projects by including data from the EUREKA network. As well, we geocoded the addresses of the project participants, specifying their geographical locations by giving their latitude and longitude.
The scientific value of these advancements has been demonstrated by the usage of the dataset, both by researchers from the peer as well as from related scientific communities. After opening of EUPRO in the RISIS datasets portal (datasets.risis.eu), AIT has hosted several researchers, supporting their access to EUPRO as part of their scientific research. Here, EUPRO has been used by visiting researchers
- – to build dynamic network models of the European FPs (done by researchers from University of Lugano),
- – to study the influence of FP funding on technological diversification in European regions (done by researchers from Utrecht University) ,
- – to explore climate change research and adaptation in Europe (done by researchers from University of Coimbra),
- – to investigate dynamics in knowledge creation about biodiversity and ecosystem services (done by researchers from Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée).
At a more general level, EUPRO has turned out to be of significant value for the research community for characterizing structure and dynamics of R&D networks, disaggregated across different topics and/or geographical spaces, and to quantify and model impacts of publicly funded R&D networks. We expect several more visits in the final year of RISIS, with some already being planned.
Besides expanding on its contents, we at AIT have also worked to improve the internal design of the EUPRO database. We have made EUPRO more robust, with a structure that ensures better data integrity and that helps to identify problems in the raw data. In addition, the new structure enables us to more easily link EUPRO to other databases both inside and outside of RISIS – we have already begun this linking with the PATSTAT and JoREP databases.
In applications to AIT research, we have first used EUPRO, along with data from the CWTS Leiden Ranking, as a key resource in helping to build OrgReg, the RISIS organization register. We constructed the first version of a register of European public research organizations. Also, we used the historical data contained in EUPRO to identify demographic changes in the PROs and higher education institutions that will be described in the completed OrgReg.