Data and Information Infrastructure

Systematic data-infrastructure is an effective means for realizing evidence-based STI policy. Since 2011, NISTEP has been developing data-infrastructure as part of MEXT’s “Science of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy” program. Such infrastructure is not just essential as a foundation for enhancing the policy research that supports policymaking; it is also a direct source of evidence for policy formulation. It is also expected to be useful as a tool for raising the quality of policy discussion.

Data supply

NISTEP makes information that is useful in formulating STI policy widely available to the public. (However, it should be noted that use of some forms of data is restricted to specific persons due to legal restrictions or other considerations.)

The NISTEP Dictionary of Names of Universities and Public Organizations (ver.2023.1)

The NISTEP Dictionary of Names of Universities and Public Organizations contains basic information of organizations in Japan that are engaged in R&D. Although the main subjects are higher education institutions (universities, inter-university research institutes, junior colleges, and technical colleges) and public research institutions (e.g., national organizations, national research and development institutes), organizations of local governments, private companies, non-profit organizations and other organizations are also included as much as possible.

The Japanese version of this Dictionary was publicized in December 2012 at first and thereafter has been revised about once a year. The English version has also been revised since its release in January 2021. Now, it is updated to “The NISTEP Dictionary of Names of Universities and Public Organizations ver.2023.1_E.”

In this version in English, 15,624 primary organizations and 4,882 subsidiary organizations are recorded. This dictionary will serve you as a useful information source for grasping and analyzing the actual state of R&D in Japan as well as evaluating its performance at the organization level and at the sector level.


Correspondence Table between the ROR and the NISTEP Dictionary of Names of Universities and Public Organizations

The Research Organization Registry (ROR) is a registry aiming at identifying research organizations in the world and offering the metadata of those organizations (see The ROR 6.0 (December 2020) registers data for about 98,600 organizations, among which 3,711 are ones in Japan. Of these 3,711 organizations, 2,575 were associated with organizations registered in the NISTEP Dictionary of Names of Universities and Public Organizations ver. 2020.1. This table includes the data of the corresponded as well as not-corresponded organizations.

NISTEP Dictionary of Corporate Names

Using patent data as well as statistical data, NISTEP is developing “dictionary of corporate names” for use in company-level analyses of Japan’s industries.

  • (Scheduled for release in the near future)

Visualization and interactive use of data

NISTEP promotes the visualization and interactive use of data in order to encourage data use from various perspectives. NISTEP plans to further expand its efforts in this area in the future.

2012 International Conference on Data-Infrastructure (Conference Report)

NISTEP hosted an “International Conference on Building data infrastructure for S&T innovation policy” on February 28, 2012. Experts and others developing large-scale data-infrastructure in various countries and international organizations were invited and presented their activities. Discussions and comparisons of these reports produced practical insights in this field and helped formulate concepts for future initiatives.

PESTI Project Data

The raw data and infographics of the results of opinion poll on science, technology and innovation policy