A review of the co-citation based Science Foresight process

Holland-Smith, David J, Mathew, Alison, Kemp, Nick M and Katz, J Sylvan (2004) A review of the co-citation based Science Foresight process. Project Report. Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

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This report was commissioned by the UK MOD’s Research Acquisition Organisation as
part of a wider investigation aimed at informing the selection of an appropriate process
for ‘horizon scanning’. Though the stakeholders in the output of such scanning extend
throughout MOD and into its wider networks within government and commercial
organisations, the process must primarily serve Output 5 of MOD’s research programme.
In this context, horizon scanning can be seen as the means for identifying significant
developments in civil and foreign defence science and technology that may not otherwise
be noted through MOD’s own technical programmes.
Through the ‘Science Foresight’ Project, which reported in 2001, MOD/Dstl, aided by
SPRU, designed and piloted a process that addresses at least some of the aspects required
for horizon scanning as defined above. Specifically, this process provides a means for
‘targeting’ influential scientific authors and collecting their views as to the future of their

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Project Report)
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: J. Sylvan Katz
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 21:06
Last Modified: 31 May 2013 13:31
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29507
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