The Paris Manual

The Paris Manual will be a standard-setting instrument within GO→SPIN. It will provide guidelines for generating and publishing information related to STI policy instruments, STI country reviews, technology intelligence and reports about public and private policies designed to promote innovation. The manual will offer a proposed standard practice for surveys on science, technology and innovation policy instruments, as well as on STI governing bodies and policies. The purpose of the manual will be to define the ontological and epistemological bases of a common paradigm for evaluating STI policies. It will:

  • define the different analytical categories;
  • define common structures for representing national STI organization charts, categories of governmental bodies in STI, assessing institutions, etc;
  • define a common system of classification for laws, decrees, international agreements and all kinds of legal frameworks related to STI activities;
  • define a common classification system for operational STI policy instruments;
  • develop a methodology for tracking and making more explicit those ‘implicit’ policy instruments that affect the performance of STI worldwide;
  • define the categories of analysis and operational policy instruments for international technical and financial co-operation in STI;
  • define units of policy analysis on national, regional and international scales;
  • suggest a template for elaborating national country assessments on STI policies;
  • suggest a methodology for evaluating STI policy instruments within firms;
  • prepare a set of recommendations for countries wishing to generate and publish on Internet all their STI policy instruments and the relevant information on their STI policies, including higher education, industrial and environmental policies.

The committee of experts UNESCO has put together to work on the Paris Manual met for the first time at a technical workshop in October 2011 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

Once GO→SPIN is in place, it will provide regularly updated information on:

  • STI policies;
  • operational STI policy instruments;
  • STI legal frameworks;
  • STI national systems: organizational charts and STI priorities;
  • a data analysis software managing more than 300 temporal series of indicators: economic, social, educational, industrial, scientific, technological, on innovation, infrastructure, ICTs, etc;
  • a database listing organizations that provide technical and financial co-operation on STI issues;
  • a web-semantic-text mining multilingual tool with different applications for selecting STI strategic priorities.;
  • a digital library with more than 900 UNESCO documents on STI policies.
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