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The classification of scientific fields applied in NA.Ph.D. is a bilingual, hierarchical vocabulary developed by EKT based on the Fields of Research & Development (FORD) classification of Frascati Manual. This manual is the OECD internationally recognized tool for collection and use of Research and Development (R&D) statistics in areas such as higher education. Frascati Manual is the common uniform standard, approved by Eurostat, for concepts and definitions, standard classification schemes and production methodology of European R&D statistics. It is widely used by many countries and international organizations, contributing to the adoption of a common language of communication in science, technology and development. EKT, as the National Statistical Authority for National R&D Statistics, applies Frascati Manual to the production of R&D statistics as well as to the standardized documentation and management of the scientific and research content it maintains in its infrastructure.

The scientific fields’ vocabulary consists of three hierarchical levels:

  • Main scientific fields (1st level)
  • Specific scientific fields (2nd level)
  • Specialisation of scientific fields (3rd level)

The 1st and 2nd levels of the classification are based on Frascati Manual, according to which the research areas are divided into 6 main categories and 42 subcategories.

The 6 main categories of the scientific fields are:

  • Natural Sciences
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities and Arts

The 42 subcategories of the scientific fields are:

 

 

 

Main scientific field

Specific scientific field


Natural Sciences 

  • Mathematics
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Physical sciences
  • Chemical sciences
  • Earth and related Environmental Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Other Natural Sciences


Engineering & Technology 

  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical engineering, Electronic engineering, Information engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Medical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Nano-technology
  • Other Engineering and Technologies


Medical & Health Sciences 

  • Basic Medicine
  • Clinical Medicine
  • Health Sciences
  • Medical Biotechnology
  • Other Medical Sciences


Agricultural Sciences & Veterinary Sciences

  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries
  • Animal and Dairy Science
  • Veterinary Science
  • Agricultural Biotechnology
  • Other Agricultural Sciences

Social Sciences 

  • Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
  • Economics and Business
  • Education
  • Sociology
  • Law
  • Political Sciences
  • Social and Economic Geography
  • Media and Communications
  • Other Social Sciences


Humanities & the Arts

  • History and Archaeology
  • Languages and Literature
  • Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
  • Arts (Arts, History of Arts, Performing Arts, Music)
  • Other Humanities

The 3rd level of classification analyses the scientific fields and enriches them with semantic terms of science and research. This is the result of diligent work and efficient interconnection of scientific and research data from EKT's infrastructure. The application of the 3rd level completes the classification and serves the thematic documentation of the content, improves access and enhances research in order to exploit the knowledge produced. For the selection of terms and their inclusion in the classification, the scientific areas were studied in reliable scientific sources and in the application notes of Frascati Manual’s fields. In addition, concepts in reputable international vocabularies with which the terms were connected were examined for equivalence and correlation.

Vocabulary follows current semantic web technologies. It is formulated in a documentary format that applies SKOS ontology and is available from EKT as an open vocabulary of interconnected data under the name «EKT Scientific Fields». Each term is assigned a unique URI that is used uniformly to refer to it. The terms are available in two languages ​​(Greek and English). They are documented with explanatory notes and links to international open data vocabularies.

When the doctor completes the details of his thesis, he must select the scientific field (Main, Special and Specialisation) which defines its subject matter. Moreover, he must select the Main Scientific field (1st level of classification), the Specific Scientific field (2nd level of classification) and the Specialisation of scientific field (3rd level of classification).

Example:

Social Sciences   --->    Education   --->   Special education

Finally, it is noted that from the 6 main categories which concern the main scientific field – 1st level, you must choose up 2 cognitive subjects (for dissertations with more than one main cognitive subject). Regarding the 42 subcategories which concern the special scientific field – 2nd level, you must choose up to 3 fields per main scientific field (for dissertations with more than one main field of knowledge). Regarding the specialization – 3rd field, you are asked to choose without a maximum limit.