IRG 2: Comparative Statistical Analysis of Nano throughout the world

(Lenoir, Herron)


Our Duke team has made considerable advances in their development of a large scale globonano database to support quantitative research on the development of scientific literature, patents, and products in all fields of nanotechnology for several countries, including the US, China, South Korea, Japan, India, and Singapore, but also every country for which data is available. (A student database programmer, hired with a supplemental $10,000 grant from our working group, has assisted Lenoir and Herron.) The goal of this project is to measure nanotech output and changes on terms of intellectual property, publications, actors, firms, states, policies, manufacturing, and trade.


Thus far, a scientific literature database consisting of metadata records for 420,000 nanotechnology publications completed. A major accomplishment has been to collect, upload, and automate the assignment of geocodes for the globonano database. The creation of this globonano databased is nowvirtually complete, with more than 516,000 unique addresses identifying, requiring approximately 3,000 lines of code written in bash, sed, awk, java, SQL, and Python. We have also collected European Patent Office (EPO) data for 80 countries, involving some 70 million records; uploading the patent data to the to globonano database is expected to be completed by mid-March. Finally, we are supplementing the globonano database with an inventory of nano-related products; thus far, 5,141 products from 189 companies have been identified. We are working with Stacey Frederick (see below), who is also compiling an inventory of nano-related products.


We are now beginning to develop analytics software that will enable us to analyze the globonano database, including the visualization of results. This stage will continue for the remainder of the calendar year.