NOWT focuses on the collection and analysis of figures about the Dutch research system in a broad sense, including interfaces with public information services related to science, the higher education system, and the technological innovation system.
NOWT’s research team focuses its attention on the performance of the Netherlands within an international comparative context based on empirical data and statistical analyses. The results describe general patterns, recent macro-level trends and longer term developments.
The Netherlands Observatory of Science and Technology (NOWT) is a formal cooperation between the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) linked to the University of Leiden and the Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) of Maastricht University, and is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Directorate Research and Science Policy.
Since its foundation in 1992, NOWT has published eight Science and Technology Indicators Reports (in 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2010) presenting the analytical work, all of them in Dutch but accompanied by a separate summary in English. NOWT's STI reports play a major role in the information chain to S&T policy makers in the Netherlands. The eighth STI report was released March 2010.
The full Dutch-language edition of NOWT's Science and Technology Indicators Report 2010 and the English-language summary version can be viewed and downloaded at this site.
Since 2011 NOWT is no longer involved in WTI2, the successor of the WTI-reports issued by NOWT. The WTI2 report 2011 was published in November 2011 (www.wti2.nl).