Evidence data platform constructed
by Council for Science, Technology and Innovation
A system has been constructed to visualize how government research funding is linked to publications and other outputs. Specifically, it visualizes the relation between research output and researcher attribution by linking data on academic articles compiled in commercial bibliographic information databases, and information on researchers in the Cross-Ministerial Research and Development Management System (e-Rad). Implications obtained from this system will provide important insights for more effective methods of funding allocation. It is also expected to help relevant ministries and agencies to upgrade policy making processes, and universities and research and development institutions to upgrade their academic management.
The following three types of bibliographic information databases were used in this analysis.
e-Rad researcher IDs , surnames, and first names (in Japanese phonetic spelling “Katakana” and English), and research institute names of affiliation were extracted from e-Rad database. In case if there was not data on English names, it was complemented by an heuristic algorithm. The English name (surname / first name) and the name of affiliated institute are further used for detecting linkages between e-Rad researcher ID data and the researcher ID data on bibliographic databases. All the author IDs had exact matches, except for the case of a researcher with multiple author IDs, or researchers with the same last and first names in the same institution, where a single e-Rad researcher ID was linked to multiple author IDs .
The procedure for each bibliographic information database is as follows:
A correspondence table of e-Rad researcher IDs and author IDs was used to extract bibliographic information corresponding to each researcher from each database. The attributes of authors of papers were inferred or obtained, as shown in Table 1.
Indices used in the visualization are shown in Table 2.
Attribute data for all researchers in Japan linked to author IDs in bibliographic information databases are shown for each bibliographic information database.
The results of the “visualization” analysis of the relation between the research output and researcher attributes of all researchers in Japan are shown below.
The above reports can be obtained in pdf format.