Global spending on R&D has reached a record high of almost US$ 1.7 trillion. About 10 countries account for 80% of spending. As part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), countries have pledged to substantially increase public and private R&D spending as well as the number of researchers by 2030.
Explore the latest available data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), which is monitoring progress globally towards this key SDG target. To evaluate a country’s commitment to R&D, look at spending as a percentage of GDP. You can then see the actual amounts being spent in purchasing power parity dollars (PPP$).
UNESCO Institute for Statistics ☞
This study and relative infographics from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics shows us how much our governments invest – and not spend – in Research & Development. Those are Italy’s data:
Even if data may seem big, we’re well under the medium … especially if you consider that we’re a G7 economy!!!
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Robinson Meyer & Adrienne LaFrance — The Atlantic
ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.
I’ve discovered ORCID some days ago, reading the always interesting Better Posters weblog with the post Identifying poster authors: conference organizers, ask for ORCIDs!.
In the article an interesting example of scientific authorship homonymy was put in evidence, making me think about how in scientific publications there’s a general and accepted publication identification (via PubMed or similar codes) and the lack of Author’s secure, unique, individual identification.
So, while I’m still a technical person who doesn’t get involved too often in actual publication – but works behind the set – I’ve made an Orcid for me, and I’m spreading the word about it.
Please do the same.
And now a last word on Orcid. Probably the system would be better accepted if each of us can upload an actual picture of ourselves, and be facilitated in publication’s ownership via a tools which queries externals publications databases. Also giving the possibility to add two – or more – websites and ‘social’ profiles (ie. Twitter, LinkedIn, Xing ones) would be a nice plus IMHO…
A paper published late last year in the Journal of Consumer Research, argues that the ideal work environment for creative projects should contain a little bit of background noise. […] researchers found that those in the 70 decibel group, exposed to a moderate level of ambient noise, significantly out-performed those in the other three groups. The background noise boosted their creative thinking.
Regardless of what method you choose, the trick is to make sure your expose to only a moderate level of background noise. Let your mind wander, but not too far, and take advantage of the creative boost of distracted focus.
David Burkus → 99u.com Articles
One of the few true joy of my working office and environment is that in our four people’s room we all love music and my iTunes library (or Last.FM years ago or Spotify today or YouTube/disco) is always running … sometimes colleagues from nearby rooms also makes requests 😀
… by Pavel Klimchitsky in another one of the (many) great articles found on Medium recently. Go and give it a read !!!