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Chapter 4 describes the results of call 693 of Colciencias for the measurement

and categorization of research groups and researchers. Results indicate a reduction

in research groups which responds to new requirements for the institutional

endorsement to apply to the call. However, the number of researchers, defined as

such by the measurement model designed by Colciencias, is maintained over time.

Chapter 5 shows information on bibliographic production in Colombia, describing

journals, papers published by authors affiliated to Colombian institutions in journals

indexed in Web of Science, Scielo and WoS and in journals included in Redalyc, according

to different criteria such as fields of knowledge, type of documents, types of collaboration,

etc. These indicators maintain the increasing trend presented in the last years.

In chapter 6 information related to indicators on industrial property rights are

presented. The main source of information for these indicators is the Colombian

patent office but other international patent offices are consulted as well. These

indicators show similar trends in recent years.

Chapter 7 shows indicators on innovation in the manufacturing industry.

Performance of firms in innovation matters has been decreasing through time which

suggests the necessity of complementary analysis, and perhaps more qualitative,

to understand the elements underlying the presented behavior. In depth analysis

of these indicators will facilitate the formulation of new strategies to promote

innovation in the productive sector in Colombia.

Chapter 8 describes the 12 indexes that results of the application in 2015 of

the National Survey on Public Perception in Science and technology (IV NSPPST)

that collected information on the perceptions and appropriation of science and

technology in Colombia.

Chapter 9 presents indicators on ICTs, demonstrating the experience of the OCyT

in disaggregating STI indicators to specific sectors of interest. Sectorization of STI

indicators are crucial in the current globalized world as they serve as the foundation

for the formulation of competitiveness strategies.

Finally, chapter 10 describes, through indicators, some of Colciencias activities

and results. The importance of this information relies in the role of Colciencias as the

governing body of science, technology and innovation in the country.

Indicators include their respective series, notes, definitions and information sources

which guarantees data and facilitates monitoring the trends in STI in Colombia.

We hope that this new 2015 book on science and technology indicators

contributes to the continuous consolidation of a robust information platform that

enables quick access to relevant and diverse information. This will facilitate new

analytical exercises on the dynamics and trends of STI in the country by the different

actors of the National System of Science, Technology and Innovation but especially

for the policy analyst who relies on robust and reliable indicators to improve the

process of informed decision making

Clara Inés Pardo Martinez

Executive director