Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology

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The Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology (CPROST) was established in 1988 as an independent, self-supporting institute. It is linked to the School of Communication, within the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology at Simon Fraser University. CPROST is an academic centre devoted to policy studies on science, technology, and innovation (STI). CPROST brings together practitioners and scholars to study the interaction of advances in STI, their implementation in the marketplace, and their impacts on community and individual interests.

Evaluation of 604 Connect

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2000
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The Vancouver Community Network (VCN) is a not-for-profit Internet Service Provider (ISP), based on the “freenet” model of public Internet access. As a VolNet delivery agency, VCN committed to providing participating organizations with the following: (1) A communications protocol, (2) Internet Access, (3) Computer Equipment, (4) Training, and (5) Technical Support. In April 1999, VCN began receiving applications from non-profit organizations for its 604 Connect program, so named for the 604 telephone area code of the Vancouver area. This report provides an evaluation of the 604 Connect program.

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Characteristics of Innovation in a Non-Metropolitan Area: The Okanagan Valley of British Columbia

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Date created: 
1999
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This paper addresses the characteristics of innovation in industrial clusters in a Non-Metropolitan area of British Columbia. The Okanagan houses strong high technology, agrifood, forest products, and construction sectors. These sectors were surveyed for common characteristics indicative of a strong industrial cluster.

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Problems in Adapting the Frascati Manual for Use in Resource-based Economies

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Date created: 
1998
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This paper provides a critique of the Frascati Manual and its applicability to resource-based economies and/or developing economies. It does so by looking at the role of Science and Technology (S&T) and Research and Development (R&D) in developing economies, and how the Frascati model can be used as a tool to further these economies.

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Report
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National Systems of Innovation: Implications on Science and Technology Policies in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Date created: 
1998
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There is a widespread recognition that the circulation of resources between knowledge providers and user agents is very important in the process of innovation. In this article we theoretically explore the policy implications of the concept of national systems of innovation on science and technology in Sub-Saharan Africa. After identifying the systemic weaknesses of Sub-Saharan African national systems of innovation we conclude by formulating some propositions for a new agenda science and technology policymakers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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The Impact of Outside Technological Services on Enterprise Performance in a National Systems of Innovation

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Date created: 
1998
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This study investigates qualitatively and quantitatively the effect of innovation networks as defined by the external acquisition of technological services on the performance of enterprises. We assume that the outside acquisition of the technological services in a national system of innovation is a more significant indicator to evaluate innovative inputs than R&D for small and medium enterprises. Descriptive results show that successful and less succ essful enterprises have the same pattern in their process of externalisation of resources. However, statistical correlations show mixed findings from which arises the question: why do not innovation networks always positively affect the performance of enterprises?

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Measuring Knowledge Management: A New Indicator of Innovation in Enterprises

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1998
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This paper is part of a larger research project, which has two primary goals: (1) To develop analytic tools for examining Regional Systems of Innovation for policy makers, and (2) To identify and design new indicators of innovation and knowledge-creation in this context. It draws on the results of research conducted in a non-metropolitan region of British Columbia, in this case the Okanagan region of south-central B.C.

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The Use of National Systems of Innovation Models to Develop Indicators of Innovation and Technological Capacity

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Date created: 
1997
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This paper addresses various models that can be used to assess indicators of innovation and technical capacity. It stresses the importance of looking at the national system of innovation (NSI) to gain a complete understanding of industry capacity.

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Measuring the Development of Science and Technology in a Changing Economy: The Case of Albania

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Date created: 
1996
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This paper provides an assessment of the changing Albanian economy. It also provides recommendations for a focus on Science and Technology (S&T) policy, as the country works to become a full economic partner with Europe and the Mediterranean area. The suggestion is also made that Albania is not an isolated case, and that other economies can benefit from a similar focus.

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Reflections on Indicators of International Cooperation in S&T

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Date created: 
1996
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This paper looks at the indicators that can be used to assess Science and Technology (S&T) at the International level. It also addresses the factors necessary for international cooperation in the S&T industry.

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Conference presentation
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Analysis Of Voting Patterns On S&T Issues

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Date created: 
1996
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In 1994 the Government of Canada undertook a major review of its S&T programs; and by implication, all S&T activities in Canada. This review had three separate streams, an internal review of federal S&T programs, ~ corresponding arm's-length review by the then National Advisory Board on Science and Technology, and a program of external consultations with all stakeholders in the national system of innovation. These external consultations consisted of almost 30 "town-hall" meetings in smaller communities across the country (generally communities where there was a significant S&T presence such as a university, followed up by a series of regional conferences, to help define national S&T issues. This series of conferences culminated in a national conference held in Ottawa, on October 12, 1994. Participants were asked to discuss a series of issues, as the public input to the overall review of national S&T policy.At the end of these discussions, participants were asked to vote on their reaction to the questions presented and on the priority that should be assigned to each of these topics in the overall S&T review. There were approximately 210 voting participants at the conference. These participants had been invited on basis of being S&T stakeholders with a demonstrated interest in S&T policy issues, so that the sample voting at the conference probably represented a good cross-section of informed opinion on Canadian S&T issues.

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