Israel Leads in Gross Domestic Spending on R&D

Targeted social ads have never worked on me– as a point of pride– until now. Scrolling through Facebook when I discovered a perfectly placed targeted ad with some great news @students – we get free Tableau! I maintain some pride in the fact that I didn’t actually PAY for something targeting me in a Facebook ad, but actually got something of decent value. It’s free for a year and then you have to pay for it at which point you’re addicted to making stunning data visualizations in Tableau and have built a professional reputation on your clearly superior Tableau skills, so you’ll probably go ahead and pay for it for the rest of your life. But hey, for now it’s free.

Anyway, in playing around with it I went to the OECD (The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) for their public datasets and connected to the gross domestic spending on R&D. And check out who came out on top (hint, Israel is ISR): Gross Domestic R&D Spending. One day, I’ll be able to give you beautiful artsy visualizations to show you this kind of thing, but for now you can live with a bar graph.

For reference, here’s how the OECD explains the indicator. “Gross domestic spending on R&D is defined as the total expenditure (current and capital) on R&D carried out by all resident companies, research institutes, university and government laboratories, etc., in a country. It includes R&D funded from abroad, but excludes domestic funds for R&D performed outside the domestic economy. This indicator is measured in million USD and as percentage of GDP.” Yep yep, sounds about right. Wonder how much of Israel’s is made up of CyberSpark money. Fire emoji.

My data source: OECD (2017), Gross domestic spending on R&D (indicator). doi: 10.1787/d8b068b4-en (Accessed on 21 July 2017)



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