Innovation needs better numbers

Continuing a quest to improve the nation's numeracy, Sara Wood at Swivel posts that the company was recently invited to a Kaufmann Foundation Symposium on Entrepreneurship and Innovation Data. She

learned that there is a basic lack of data in this field, whichhas led the Kauffman Foundation to fund a series of programs that will lead to a better understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation. One such program, the Kauffman Firm Survey, funded a panel of scholars to develop a longitudinal data set, to be made public this month on both the Kauffman site and the NORC data enclave. From what I saw of the data, it can be sliced in any number of ways to reveal insights into the world of business.

Proceedings from the recently concluded Kaufmann symposium are here. Efforts to free the data always interest me.