Strategic intelligence on emerging technologies: scientometric overlay mapping

Rotolo, Daniele, Rafols, Ismael, Hopkins, Michael and Leydesdorff, Loet (2017) Strategic intelligence on emerging technologies: scientometric overlay mapping. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 68 (1). pp. 214-233. ISSN 2330-1635

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Abstract

This paper examines the use of scientometric overlay mapping as a tool of ’strategic intelligence’ to aid the governance of emerging technologies. We develop an integrative synthesis of different overlay mapping techniques and associated perspectives on technological emergence across the geographical, social, and cognitive spaces. To do so, we longitudinally analyse (with publication and patent data) three case-studies of emerging technologies in the medical domain. These are: RNA interference (RNAi), Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) testing technologies for cervical cancer, and Thiopurine Methyltransferase (TPMT) genetic testing. Given the flexibility (i.e. adaptability to different sources of data) and granularity (i.e. applicability across multiple levels of data aggregation) of overlay mapping techniques, we argue that these techniques can favour the integration and comparison of results from different contexts and cases, thus potentially functioning as platform for a ’distributed’ strategic intelligence for analysts and decision-makers.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: scientometric overlay mapping; emerging technology; strategic intelligence; dis- tributed strategic intelligence; governance; case-study
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Daniele Rotolo
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2015 14:32
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 05:27
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/56590

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Mapping the Dynamics of Emerging Technologies:G0499ESRC-ECONOMIC & SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCILRES 360 25 0076
Revealing Innovation Pathways: Hybrid Science Maps for Technology Assessment and ForesightUnsetNational Science Foundation1064146