The Innovation Database of the Institute for Job Market and Occupation Research in Nuremberg (IAB)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Ulrich, Erhard (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung in Nürnberg (IAB))
  • Köstner, Klaus (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung in Nürnberg (IAB))
Publication Date
  • ZA:
    • Historical Studies Data
  • Abstract

    The data represent technical, economic, social and institutional innovations, thus innovations in the widest sense. Topics: Time information, information on innovator, information on institutional innovators, geographic information (city / state of event), information on innovation, systematization of events, identification numbers and information on patents, other information, source information.
Temporal Coverage
  • 0001 / 1991
    Before the common era to 1991
Collection Mode
  • For the research on the part of the IAB previously publicized information in relevant collective works, monographs, essays in technical journals and daily newspapers were used. For this primarily those innovations were recorded that were considered particularly significant regarding the task of the IAB. Wherever possible the relevant information was recorded in its original text. Here the basic idea was on the one hand to record the source information as completely as possible and on the other hand to undertake a certain structuring in order to make systematic evaluation possible. The events recorded in the database are taken from relevant collections, monographs, special compositions as well as technical journals and daily newspapers. Altogether the database is based on 1307 different sources. The database contains information for the time from before the birth of Christ to 1991. The total extent consists of 14600 events. Almost 2% of these refer to the time before the birth of Christ. From the year zero to 1749 1200 innovations are stored in the database. There are 13115 innovations for the time interval from 1750 to 1991. The events are not evenly distributed over the years. Regarding the time interval from 1750 to 1991 1970 is the year with of the highest event frequency (147 events), while there were only two events in 1757. On average from 1750 to 1991 54 events per year were mentioned (Median = 48).
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Text Unit
    Number of Units: 14600
The data were analysed in the framework of the research project "Historical Innovation Indicators".
A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA8131 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Stier, Winfried; Metz, Rainer: Innovationen - Ereignis und Prozeß. Eine Pilotstudie zu Inhalt und Auswertungsmöglichkeiten der Innovationsdatenbank des Instituts für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung Nürnberg (IAB). St. Gallen 1997.
  • Metz, Rainer: Die Innovationsdatenbank des Instituts für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung Nürnberg (IAB). 3 Bde.; Bd. 1: Darstellung und Analyse; Bd. 2: Der Gesamtbestand; Bd. 3: Register. Zentralarchiv für Empirische Sozialforschung Köln 2000.
  • Metz, Rainer: Wirtschaftliches Wachstum, technischer Fortschritt und Innovationen in Deutschland: Eine Säkularbetrachtung. In: Henn, Volker; Holbach, Rudolf; Reichert, Winfried; Schmid, Wolfgang (HRSG.): Festschrift für Franz Irsigler zum 60. Geburtstag. Erscheint 2001.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 86 | Registration Date: 2010-07-23