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Tech Mining extracts high value intelligence from science & technology (“S&T”) information resources, usually research publications or patents.  We can perform Tech Mining on the topic or organization of interest to you. 

Such Competitive Technical Intelligence (CTI) enables more effective technology management, including Open Innovation.  That is, you can draw more effectively upon external R&D.  And, vice-versa, you can identify who else could gain from licensing your intellectual property.  Put another way, Tech Mining helps you answer Who? What? Where? and When? about emerging technologies that could pose vital threats and opportunities. 

Here’s how it works:

  1. We interact with you to specify your key Technology Management issues, and to translate those into explicit questions to be addressed.
  2. We search key S&T information resources (e.g., Thomson Innovation), with your feedback to assure best possible topical coverage.
  3. We clean the data, analyze, and represent R&D patterns to answer those key questions.

Most of our Tech Mining is done for companies and is proprietary.  But, to illustrate the sort of R&D profiling that we do, here’s snippets from a recent national level case analysis.  Here, we spotlight US vs. Canada R&D publication comparisons (we also examined patents).

This case profiles photonics research to benchmark Canadian against American research.  We devised a multi-part search strategy, informed by expert feedback, for this wide-ranging topic.  Figure 1 shows 10-year R&D trends -- suggesting Canadian gains relative to the US.


Estimating the percentage of R&D from industry provides one of many possible innovation indicators (albeit with important nuances).  Compare the Canadian and US sector breakouts for 2008 (Figure 2) -- corporate participation favors the US (12% vs. 7% for Canada).  We probed further to investigate the extent of cross-sector collaboration.  In the US, 11% of the academic papers also had an author with a corporate affiliation.  Such cross-sectored research networking appears important for regional innovation initiatives (“clusters”).


We compare topical emphases at 3 levels of detail: key words & extracted title phrases, subject categories & macro-disciplines.  We found differences -- e.g., relatively more Canadian (vs. US) photonics research in Physics (45 vs. 38%) and less in Materials Science (33 vs. 38%).


We also examined particular research institutions to discern special strengths.  Tech Mining allows us to break out whatever available fields of information we want, for selected organizations.  This table profiles photonics research activity for three leading US “institutes of technology.”




The research profiles break out for each organization:

  • Key Terms – To look for topical strengths – e.g., Caltech shows the most R&D on lenses.
  • Countries – To discern the extent of international links.  Surprisingly, the west coast school shows the fewest Asian connections, partnering most heavily with European colleagues. 
  • Collaborating Organizations – MIT shows strong ties with neighboring Harvard; Caltech, with NASA (the Jet Propulsion Lab is joint); & Georgia Tech, with NEC.  This gives leads on potential interest in industrial partnering.

Not shown here, we also compared macro-disciplines; Caltech emphasizes Physics, while Georgia Tech evidences more Materials Science.  We also provided a “quality metric” (not shown here) – the extent to which each organization’s research is cited by others (all three were close).

Figure 3 overlays the photonics research concentrations on a base map of science.  Here we quickly grasp that photonics research reaches into many fields.  So, if you want to bolster R&D leading to economic returns, promote cross-field collaboration.




So, do you need to know what’s happening in certain emerging technologies? 
What a competitor is pursuing? 

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