Connecting Outcome Measures in Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Science (COMETS)

One of the greatest impediments to rapid progress in the science of science and innovation policy—both as a field of study and as a guide to policy—is data. Researchers Lynne G. Zucker and Michael R. Darby of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the National Bureau of Economic Research along with a large team of cooperating scholars, have created an integrated database that can trace the links from government investment in R&D through the path of knowledge creation, its transmission and codification, and in many cases to commercial uses yielding a better standard of living and better jobs.

The Connecting Outcome Measures in Entrepreneurship Technology and Science or COMETS database is now available to researchers looking to explore these connections.   The COMETS database integrates and complements key databases on science and innovation by using a system of unique identifiers for firms and other organizations and for individual scientists and engineers who serve as principal investigators, dissertation writers or advisors, inventors, and/or firm officers, directors, and key employees. The COMETS database integrates data on government grants, dissertations, patents, and publicly available firm data. The first phase now available covers only grants and patents. Other data will be added as integrated into COMETS. 

COMETS provides a shared database that enables work to be done that would otherwise be impossible for researchers not located at one of the few elite institutions where significant parts of COMETS are available.  

Download the Version 2.0 data today or start by reading the codebook that describes the data and fields available for scholars currently.  COMETS 2.0 contains an integrated set of data files in STATA and also as a flat file with U.S. patent, NSF and NIH data updated to 2010. 

While covering all high-technologies instead of just nanoscale science and technology, COMETS is similar in structure to the data files on NanoBank. The major work completed since NanoBank is to complete collecting and coding all of the data by ZD areas across all science and technology areas.  

[Researchers interested in nanotechnology should note the system of nano flags are only partially updated beyond those in NanoBank. If you are working in nano, please watch for update notices from the listserve for beta testers.]