AIDA: a Knowledge Graph about Research Dynamics in Academia and Industry

Angioni, Simone; Salatino, Angelo; Osborne, Francesco; Recupero, Diego Reforgiato and Motta, Enrico (2022). AIDA: a Knowledge Graph about Research Dynamics in Academia and Industry. Quantitative Science Studies, 2(4) pp. 1356–1398.



Academia and industry share a complex, multifaceted, and symbiotic relationship. Analysing the knowledge flow between them, understanding which directions have the biggest potential, and discovering the best strategies to harmonise their efforts is a critical task for several stakeholders. Research publications and patents are an ideal medium to analyze this space, but current datasets of scholarly data cannot be used for such a purpose since they lack a high-quality characterization of the relevant research topics and industrial sectors. In this paper, we introduce the Academia/Industry DynAmics (AIDA) Knowledge Graph, which describes 21M publications and 8M patents according to the research topics drawn from the Computer Science Ontology. 5.1M publications and 5.6M patents are further characterized according to the type of the author’s affiliations and 66 industrial sectors from the proposed Industrial Sectors Ontology (INDUSO). AIDA was generated by an automatic pipeline that integrates data from Microsoft Academic Graph, Dimensions, DBpedia, the Computer Science Ontology, and the Global Research Identifier Database. It is publicly available under CC BY 4.0 and can be downloaded as a dump or queried via a triplestore. We evaluated the different parts of the generation pipeline on a manually crafted gold standard yielding competitive results.

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