IJIMT 2012 Vol.3(6): 784-787 ISSN: 2010-0248

Challenges in Measuring and Capturing Scientific Knowledge in the Emerging Nanosciences

Dana Nicolau and Alexis S. Esposto

Abstract—A key challenge in the sciences is the quantification, measure and management of knowledge, particularly as it relates to the growth and emergence of new disciplines. This exploratory study examines the growth of two relatively new sciences: nano technology and nano medicine. Using a simple analysis of the growth of publications in these two related fields, the authors show that the growth in new sciences has been quite rapid. Nevertheless, a major limitation of this work is that it is far too difficult to quantify their spillover effects and new methods of quantifying these. The authors propose that new ways of quantifying scientific spillovers is needed and require investigation, given the limitations of scientific metrics such as bibliometrics.

Index Terms—Knowledge transfers, bibliometrics, interdisciplinarity.

Dana Nicolau is with Asian Technology Information Program (ATIP) (aesposto@swin.edu.au).
Alexis S. Esposto is with Swinburne University of Technology.

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Cite: Dana Nicolau and Alexis S. Esposto, "Challenges in Measuring and Capturing Scientific Knowledge in the Emerging Nanosciences," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 3, no. 6, pp. 784-787, 2012.

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