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5 KNOWLEDGE BASED ECONOMY INDICATORS
In addition, Sheridan Roberts of the ABS presented an introductory session on "Directions in S&T statistics". Derek Byars (ABS) led a discussion on directions in R&D statistics and Heather Olley (ABS outposted officer to ISR) facilitated a discussion on different ways in which innovation can be measured. If you are interested in a copy of any of the workshop papers or presentations, please contact Liz Finlay on firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the main things we hoped to achieve at the workshop was consideration and discussion of an ABS draft framework of KBE indicators. The discussions of the framework arising at, and subsequent to, the Workshop were indeed thought provoking and have served to change the direction in which the ABS was heading. Consequently, the framework that the ABS eventually adopts for measurement of the KBE will probably look quite different to the one presented at the Workshop.
We expect to release an Information Paper in May on the framework of KBE indicators that the ABS proposes to adopt. This Information Paper should act as a mechanism to provoke further discussion and comments, indicating to the ABS whether the framework is considered by the expert community to be conceptually and methodologically sound, as well as whether the proposed data would be useful. Given the extensive consultation and discussion of KBE indicators to date, the window of opportunity for further comment subsequent to the release of the Information Paper is expected to be quite short.
One element of the Information Paper about which we will be particularly seeking feedback is the proposed strategy for publishing against the framework. In line with the ABS' mission to "assist and encourage informed decision-making, research and discussion within governments and the community", it is essential that the presentation and frequency of KBE publications are useful for the needs of those who are interested in this area of statistics. At this stage we expect to start releasing publications relating to the measurement of the KBE in the second half of 2001.
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