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Why

As the European Commission's science and knowledge service, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to support EU policies with independent and relevant scientific and technical knowledge. To support this mission, JRC has developed throughout the years competences in foresight, horizon scanning, and monitoring of innovation. In that context, IT tools are being developed by JRC to provide policy makers with relevant knowledge on various policy fields.

What

The TIM Technology tools aim at providing specific and relevant knowledge on innovation and technological development. Our objective is to offer the possibility to policy-makers to answer concrete policy needs related to innovation networks, impact evaluation of EU programmes, emerging trends and technologies, funding orientations, regional strategies, and other needs related to research and innovation policy.

How

We provide ready made IT solutions but also offers customized services. Our IT systems rely on the bridging of different datasets and on the use of text mining and computational linguistic techniques, such as semantic analysis, to treat and enrich individual data items with useful information. Datasets can then be explored from different angles by the users through various visualisations. As datasets are being updated regularly, the data visualised in TIM Technology are automatically and regularly refreshed.

TIM Edge

TIM Edge puts together various datasets to track emerging technologies as they progress towards concrete market applications. Patents, scientific publications, and other datasets on the one hand, news from the media on the other hand, are used to follow the trajectory of technologies.

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timanalytics

News related to emerging technologies listed in TIM Edge are collected through Europe Media Monitor. Have a look!

EMM EUROMEDIA MONITOR
TIM Energy

TIM Energy has been built using the technologies and R&D priorities identified in the SET-plan of the European Commission. It contains many technologies and concepts related to energy but is by far not exhaustive.

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CONSUMERS IN THE ENERGY SYSTEM

CARBON CAPTURE UTILISATION AND STORAGE

TIM CyberSecurity

Mapping of cyber-security through domains of specialisations, sectorial dimensions and technological applications.

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TIM Technology Editor

TIM Technology Editor allows its users to create and visualise datasets about specific technological issues. It brings together datasets such as patents, scientific publications, and EU grants. TIM has been fully developed by the JRC but is using proprietary data; access is therefore subject to certain terms and conditions.

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For External Organisations

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Visualisations

TIM Technology offers various means to visualise data about technological development and innovation. Different types of graphics (network graph, time series, pie chart, matrix, wordcloud, etc.) can be used to visualise the content of datasets from various perspective i.e. using different data fields (organisations, keywords, patent classes, etc.). Find below some examples.

Time Series

Time Series

Time series are used to visualise values associated to data fields per year.

Network Graphs

Network graph

Network graphs are widely used in TIM technology. They are composed of node and edges and by default nodes represent bundles of document having metadata in common and edges exist between two nodes when they contain one or more documents in common. Both nodes and edges vary in size with the number of data items. In addition, nodes are clustered into communities on the basis of their modularity, which reflects the connectedness between the nodes. NG can be used to visualise any of the data field in TIM: organisations, countries, cities, regions, keywords, journal categories, patent classes, etc.

Geographical Maps

Geographical map

Maps display documents (patents, scientific publications, EU grants) according to the location of the university or the organisation involved.

Lists

List

Rather than displaying information in graphs, the lists show numerical data. Features like sorting, formatting, filtering or highlighting are available.

Document Lists

Document list

The document list shows information about documents contained in datasets : author, year, abstract, affiliation, etc.

Matrix

Matrix

Matrix view can be used to better visualise the intersection between selected elements (countries, entities, etc).

Data Sources

By default, the datasets below are used in TIM TECHNOLOGY. On request, other datasets can be used in TIM, e.g. ArXiv.

Patents

Scientific publications

R&I Grants

Partners

The TIM Technology products were developed on an original idea from CERN, in close collaboration with the European Media Monitor project.

CERN has developed Collaboration Spotting (CollSpotting), an experimental software suite that initially aimed at providing the Particle Physics community with intelligence on Academia & Industry players active around key technologies, with a view to fostering more interorganisational R&D collaborations.
Europe Media Monitor (EMM) lets you easily see, explore and understand current news reported by the world’s online media. Monitoring thousands of news sources in over 70 languages, the system uses advanced information extraction techniques to automatically determine what is being reported in the news, where things are happening, who is involved and what they said. It provides a unique and independent viewpoint of what is being reported in the world right now.
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