2.6. Specialisation indexes (AUTH)

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  • #9864


    Comments on Specialisation Indexes application

  • #10058


    – A link needs to be provided to the data sources used with this app. The data sources are not properly specified by the online guide (http://specialisation.s3platform.eu/pdf/specialisation_profile_Guide.pdf), e.g. it says that technological specialisation data are from “REGPAT”, but there is no link provided to the source. The aforementioned online guide further says: “A new database which includes the sectors of the patents per region has been created, which was a rather complex and difficult task.”, but it is not clear what is meant by it. In addition, in figure 5 (p. 8) it says that some data are provided by PatStat, but it is not clear which data.
    – The interface lacks easily accessible methodological notes
    – Technological specialisation: for the presented pie chart it is not clear what the units of data for calculating the percentages are. Only the mentioned online guide says it is the number of patents.
    – Economic specialisation:
    o Why are the headers not divided based on ISIC rev. 4 or NACE rev. 2? Eurostat uses NACE (same as ISIC, just more detailed, see http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/regions/other-classification), whereas here SITC was used (see p. 11 here: http://specialisation.s3platform.eu/pdf/specialisation_profile_Guide.pdf). This should be corrected to bring it in line with other applications, that use ISIC/NACE (as e.g. Regional Assets Mapping app 2.1 does)
    o Please specify the formula that shows how RCA (“Revealed Comparative Advantage” – full name of the index should be specified somewhere on the website!) is calculated. It was probably not correctly specified in the guidelines (http://specialisation.s3platform.eu/pdf/specialisation_profile_Guide.pdf), p.12, that this index was “Revealed Competitive Advantage”; but the formula is anyway missing.

    – Why are Australian regions among those you can chose from in the drop-down menu of the app?
    – Functionality on Scientific Specialisation Index should be automatically fed by the data from the app 2.5 instead of users having to manually upload that data.

    – Due to a number of aforementioned issues the app is currently not helpful to the users

  • #10165


    • In the about page and guide, it would be useful to explain how the user can get the “expert data” necessary to use the application
    • The interdependency between this application and the app 2.5 is good but the need to download and then upload the data is not user-friendly because it is necessary to perfom it manually

  • #10496


    In the header, it says ‘new stuff’ instead of the name of the app.
    • Provide a tip where to find information for economic specialization; or provide test data.
    • Pilots could provide test data relevant for their region.
    • Find and Upload related documents that are not blank in the “Related Documents Sector”.
    • Replace “specialization” with the European term “Specialisation”.
    • Replace the percentages in the “Technological Specialization Index” with actual indexes.
    • Remove the “Others” part in the pie chart.
    • Include the “NACE Code” of each sector as well.
    • Add text below the pie chart that explains what these sectors and numbers refer to.
    • Add information on how these data have been acquired.
    • Provide test data for the Scientific Profile Specialisation Index.
    • Explain why we provide the top three scientific areas, rather than only the top one.
    • Improve the table in which the user uploads his/her data.
    • Allow the user to upload data in CSV format – provide a CSV template to do so.
    As already discussed we have no other data source than Scopus, in regards to the Scientific Specialization index. This is something we cannot do anything for. However, the complete guide on how to extract publication related information will be included in this application’s user guide as well.
    – It might be confusing for the users to need to switch back to the ‘Scientific Production Profile’-app to retrieve information needed to continue with this app.
    – Overall, quite clearly structured.
    – The csv-file to be uploaded in Section B, stems from the ‘Scientific Production Profile’-app. This csv-file and the information it contains must be retrieved from Scopus. However, just as in the Scientific Production Profile app, Scopus doesn’t work, as you need log-in details to continue.
    – In Section C, the user needs to fill in all the export data of the region. Where do you find this data?
    – In Section C, some info boxes can’t be clicked on (for example, all boxes following European RCA). These will be filled by others beforehand?
    – About: Step 1. Visit the Specialisation Indexes Application. = > a little confusing instruction for me as I am was looking for some other app I am supposed to use… => suggestion: Click on Access to Application or nothing at all
    – Guide – very clear
    – Access to app: The csv-file to be uploaded in Section B must be retrieved from Scopus. However, just as in the Scientific Production Profile app, Scopus doesn’t work, as you need log-in details to continue.
    – Headlines of columns in “Economic Specialization Index “table, section C, could be fully visible.

  • #10582



    • We think there is a methodological issue because the data sources work with different metrics and classification systems that incompatible. Therefore, the user can not really understand how to merge the knowledge generated by each analysis. Both figures should be rendered using the same language and classification system.

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