Dobrov Institute for Scientific and Technological Potential and Science History Studies of the NAS of Ukraine

Nauka naukozn. 2020, 4(110): 63-75

Section: Science and Innovation-driven development of economy and society
Language: Ukrainian
Abstract: An important problem of the legislative support of science in Ukraine is the effectiveness of methods for content analysis of regulations. Therefore, the objective of the article is to determine the economic context of selected Laws of Ukraine on science and science and technology activities using the linguistic and statistical approach to the analysis of legislative texts by highlighting key economic terms.

To achieve the objective of the study, an extended algorithm for linguistic and statistical determination of the double thematic core of the legislative text was used, which covers the majorities of economic terms contained in legislative texts. Scientific, linguistic, scientometric and statistical methods were used to solve certain research problems.

To determine the evolution of the economic context of selected Laws of Ukraine on science, the framework law of Ukraine on science was chosen (its three editions: “On the basics of state policy in the field of science and science and technology activities” from 13.12.1991, “On and science and technology activities”, versions of 22.12.1998 and 26.11.2015), and the Law of Ukraine “On innovation” from 04.07.2002 and its current version of 05.12.2012. The evolution of the economic context of the framework law of Ukraine on science is investigated on a sample of 17 economic terms (program, development, project, fund, funds, pension, technology, technology, economic, expertise, innovation, enterprise, products, property, budget, financing); the Law of Ukraine “On Innovation” is investigated on a sample of 13 terms (innovation, project, funds, budget, financial and credit, financial, program, utility, product, examination, products, tax, enterprise). In both cases, some of the terms have not only general economic but also scientific meaning.

It is concluded that the application of linguistic and statistical approaches for scientometric analysis of legislative texts allows distinguishing the main and non-main, or priority and non-priority (secondary), thematic context of their content. Such an approach to the analysis of legislation can be carried out automatically after writing the appropriate software algorithms, which will reduce the impact of the human factor on an analytical review of the legislation. This method will be very appropriate when the law is in the draft phase, between the first and the second reading: a computerized linguistic-statistical approach, allowing one to reveal the changes occurring in the main thematic focus of a law just after amendments, will significantly reduce the time for approval of the law.

Keywords: legislative act, thematic area of text, thematic term, linguistic and statistical approach, framework law of Ukraine on science.


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