In this section, the process of how a user can retrieve the technologial specialization of a region by using the app is described.
Step 1: Perform your query
Once you visit the application page, a drop down menu ,where the user can choose the region of interest, is displayed. Once the user clicks on the drop-down menu, a list of all the available regions will appear. The user now has to click on the region of interest to get the expected results.
Step 2: Get the results
After searching for a certain region, the application retrieves information from the database that has been created for this method (download the complete user guide for more information) After the appropriate calculations, a pie chart along with some additional information is displayed. The text over the pie chart is a short summary of the results. It contains all the technologies in this region that have an RTA (Revealed Technological Advantage) index higher than one, which means that the region is specialised on these technologies. For example, in Figure 2 we have searched for the region of Mittelfranken - DE and the technology with the highest RTA index is "Explosive and Matches".
In this section, the process of how a user can retrieve the scientific specialization of a region by using the app is described.
Step 3: Upload the Scientific Profile data of the region
This part of the application is similar to the process followed in the Scientific Production Profile application, which is considered to be the previous step, before using the current application. The Scientific Specialization index is calculated by the number of publications of each scientific subject area. A detailed user-guide on how to retrieve this information per region has already been written and the user can find it here. In order to calculate the Scientific Specialization Index the user has to upload the csv file that has been produced in the previous app by clicking on the Add CSV file button.
Step 4: Get the regional scientific activity results
After uploading the scientific profile data, three different color info-boxes will be displayed right under the "Add CSV Button". The blue info-box displays information on the prevailing subject area of publications in this region, while the green presents the second in line and the orange the third one. Due to the nature of publication norms, usually the prevailing subject area is "Medicine". However, the second and third subject area differentiates from region to region.
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Step 5: Complete the table with the data accordingly
In this part of the application, the user has to fill in the table with all the export data of the region. The columns include the ten sectors defined by the Standard International Trade Classification, Rev.3. The rows define the exact data that are needed in order to calculate the Revealed Competitive Advantage of the region on a national and a European level. The user has to fill in all the blank fields.
Step 6: Get the national and European RCA
After uploading the export/trade data, the user has to click on the blue "Process" button to get the expected results. Two new info boxes will be displayed right under the table. The blue one presents the sector with the highest National RCA score, while the green one presents the sector with the highest European RCA score.
Step 7: Export the Specialization Report
After completing each separate part, or at least one, the user is able to export the Specialization Report of the Region. In order to do this, the user just has to click on the Green Report Button that is displayed on the top right corner of the page, once the user searches for the Technological Specialization of a region. After clicking on the Report button, a report in .doc format is created and the user can save it to his local Data Storage Device. A preview of a "dummy" report is presented in Figure 6 below.