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R&D: Data infrastructure for trade competitiveness

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We’re looking at how data infrastructure affects the competitiveness in international markets of data-enabled goods and services produced by Australia, Canada, the UK, and other countries

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Data-enabled trade competitiveness: why is it important?

The creation of new products and services with data could generate innovations which drive economic growth around the world, but not much is currently known about how to build data infrastructure with trade competitiveness in mind. And without that understanding, problems such as data protectionism – where countries require the domestic storage and analysis of data about their citizens – may continue to limit data sharing, the innovation possibilities that flow from it, and economic growth.

In practice

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the European Centre for International Political Economy have been researching researching the effect of cross-border data exchange restrictions on international trade, and we are building on their work.

Our approach

We are researching the ways in which countries can build data infrastructure that raises their ability to develop products and services with data that are competitive in international markets.

Key outputs

This report discusses how data infrastructure might be built for trade competitiveness, and explores what policymakers could consider as they seek to boost the exports of domestic companies that are using data to create and maintain goods and services.

Blog post: China’s digital silk road – data infrastructure for international trade? How emerging global initiatives can help data-enabled businesses decide where to export or seek investment, and what that means for international trade.

Read European data economies trade project: background research and mapping, a high-level analysis of the data economies of Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Belgium

This work is part of a three-year innovation programme, running to March 2020 with a funding profile of £2m each year from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.

Through our R&D programme, we aim to shape future services and promote productivity and growth with cutting edge expertise.

Browse our reports and blogs from the research, below.