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A new approach to explore the knowledge transition path in the evolution of science & technology : from the biology of restriction enzymes to their application in biotechnology
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Abstract
In this contribution, we develop a new approach to explore the process of knowledge transition from discovery-oriented science to technological fields, via applications-oriented research, including a mediator set. This trajectory is referred to as the D-A-T trajectory. It is shown how it can be constructed and measures are proposed to characterize the relational strength among different environments (discovery oriented research, applications-oriented research and patents) and the speed of evolution. Our approach is illustrated by a case study of three fundamental restriction enzymes articles. Among other results we found that 387 patents cited 124 of the 988 articles (a share of 12.55%) in the mediator set. Defining the non-patent references (NPR) transition rate as the number of citing patents divided by the number of articles in the mediator set yields a value 0.392. Our results suggest that the D-A-T path acts as a backbone and reveals important "invisible contributions" of an original scientific work during its evolution from discovery oriented research to outside academia. Our contribution provides a useful tool for bridging the existing gap in detecting the transition of knowledge between science and technology. (C) 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Journal of informetrics. - Amsterdam
Publication
Amsterdam : 2018
ISSN
1751-1577
Volume/pages
12:3(2018), p. 842-857
ISI
000442670600019
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UAntwerpen
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Creation 08.10.2018
Last edited 15.07.2021
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