Innovation Mapping is a method that enables acquiring a better understanding of the process of innovation, assisting in the development of new tools to measure innovation-related phenomena and to articulate innovation plans. Innovation Maps can help uncover critical bottom-up information embedded in firms’ R&D and innovation applications for public support. In the context of the smart specialisation process and entrepreneurial discovery, Innovation Maps have been used to help tease out information about technological trends by the private sector.
The logical steps of the application, based on its methodological description are:
- Step 1. Receive information on the concept of Innovation Maps, and the standardisation of data required to produce such maps. See: Guide/Related
- Step 2. Import grant application data tables into the online application. This data must comply with the requirements for plotting Innovation Maps, including indication of economic sectors of all grants and technology fields covered.
- Step 3. Select among different layouts for the visualisation of the data. The app provides file templates which are annotated within the guide in order to aid in data selection and upload.
- Step 4. Customise the analysis, by focusing on specific technology areas, or sectors from the uploaded data set.
- Step 5. Design an Innovation Map graph.
- Step 6. Save the results, export the analysis or export the clean data in .xls or .csv format.