DGTES database 2022

Collection: TES : Tecno-Economic Segment 


The DGTES digital ecosystem database is generated form the application of the Techno-Economic ecosystem (TES) methodological approach to the study of the digital ecosystem from a multidimensional perspective, providing an overview of the worldwide landscape of the digital ecosystem. The main elements of the DGTES digital ecosystem database are players and activities. The unit of the analysis is the economic agent, or player, that can be a company, university, research institution or governmental authority. The player is expected to have an active role in the digital ecosystem, with the capability to influence its economic development and future evolution. The focus is thus set on the organisations, and not on individuals, namely the applicant organisation owning the invention in the case of patents, authors’ affiliation in conference proceedings, companies, governmental entities, etc. The DGTES dataset targets both industrial and R&D activities: economic activities of interest for the analysis of the DGTES include participation in R&D processes (research, in the sense of publication of scientific articles or/and participation in international conferences; innovative developments, such as filing patents; participation in EU research funds, such as Horizon 2020 or FP7), general economic processes (industrial production, trade), firms funding (venture capital funds). The results are provided aggregated by country of location of the institutions concerned. The DGTES database reflects the complex structure of the digital ecosystem, as it contains detailed information about the participation of each player in the detected activities and about their features, such as information on geographical location and date, over the period 2009-2022. To obtain this database, DGTES uses a comprehensive dictionary of keywords built for the specific domain of digital technologies to search through different sources of factual data, and to identify players, activities and their networks of connections and interlinkages.


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  • Michele Carenini
  • Elisa Calza
  • Giuditta De Prato

How to cite

Michele Carenini; Elisa Calza; Giuditta De Prato (2022): DGTES database 2022. European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID:


ecosystem, digital technologies

Data access

DGTES keywords list 2022 version 1
  • The zip file below contains the list of keywords used to generate the current version of the DGTES digital ecosystem database (2022, version 1). Each keyword belongs to one of the identified digital areas that define the technological boundaries of the digital ecosystem.


DGTES keyword list 2022
DGTES keyword list 2022 (2022), version 1.

Temporal coverage

From date To date
2009 2022

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European Commission, Joint Research Centre
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Economy and finance, Science and technology
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