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TIM trends

This project aims at developing new methods and tools for detecting variations in large datasets. For example, the methods applied to scientific publications databases allow to detect new technologies or scientific developments in their very early stage of developments. Applied to patents databases, the same methods allow to detect new emerging technologies that are approaching the market. 

TIM Trends is a tool for internal use by TIM analysts but on-demand analysis or data can also be provided.

Two reports were already published with the results of our trend a nalysis for 2019.

Weak signals in Science and Technologies: 2019 Report

JRC has developed a quantitative methodology to detect very early signs of emerging technologies, so called 'weak signals of technology development'. Using text mining and scientometrics indicators, 257 of these weak signals have been identified on the basis of scientific literature and are reported in the present report.

Weak signals in Science and Technologies 2019: Analysis and recommendations

JRC has developed a quantitative methodology to detect very early signs of emerging technologies, so called 'weak signals of technology development'. Using text mining and scientometric indicators, 256 of these weak signals have been identified on the basis of scientific literature and have been reported earlier this year in a JRC technical report. The purpose of this follow-up report is to provide a European perspective and to provide recommendations for policy makers. Europe shows vulnerabilities in 179 of these weak signals, further analysed in the present report.

 Weak signals in Science and Technologies 2019: Analysis and recommendations

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