Preparation and analysis of German research reports on the indicators of research topicality and trends; sub-projects: Complementarity of policy programmes and research reports (TrenDTF)
In the TrenDTF project, topic-modeling procedures are will applied to texts of official tenders and policy documents. By comparing the topics identified in these complementary documents with those found in related research reports should provide information on the extent to which specific research programmes have contributed to the achievement of missions-related objectives in Germany's science and innovation policy. The project will develop and validate indicators to analyse the mission orientation of funding programmes on a regular basis. Based on the results of the topic modelling, moreover it will compare the "topic profiles" of research reports and related journal publications (as in the bibliometric database Scopus). On an aggregated level, it will thus be possible to determine to what extent the thematic orientation of organisations' research projects differs from that of their overall scientific publication output. Differences in these profiles can be interpreted as effects of either institutional funding or federal research projects.