OECD Science, Technology and Industry Scoreboard 2017


The biennial OECD Science, Technology and Industry (STI) Scoreboard features indicators traditionally used to monitor developments in science, technology, innovation and industry, and complements them with experimental indicators that provide new insights into areas of policy interest. These include: investment in knowledge-based capital, skills in the digital era, the international mobility of researchers, the digital transformation in firms and industries, innovation strategies, the internationalisation of research, changing patterns in trade competitiveness and productivity, as well as the use of technology in everyday life.

With some 200 indicators, the 2017 edition of the OECD STI Scoreboard "The digital transformation" shows how the digital transformation affects science, innovation, the economy, and the way people work and live. It aims to help governments design more effective science, innovation and industry policies in the fast-changing digital era.

The country highlights for Belgium are notably:

  • Science, innovation and the digital revolution:
    • a high share of domestic scientific documents and a large rate of scientific collaboration
    • Belgium was among the 20 economies with the highest numbers of top cited publications relating to machine learning
  • Growth, jobs and the digital transformation
    • 47% of jobs in Belgium's business sector sustained by foreign demand
    • High uptake rates for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems
    • ICT investment above the OECD average
    • large contributions from knowledge-based assets and ICT equipment investment to productivity growth, over 2000-2014 period
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    • Highest rate (with France) of combined public support for business R&D in the OECD area.
    • International mobility of scientific authors (2002-2016) : Belgium has lost as it has gained.