Definition: Scientific and technical information services
The specialised activities of collecting, coding, recording, classifying, disseminating, translating, analysing, and evaluating, by scientific and technical personnel, bibliographic services, patent services, scientific and technical information extension and advisory services, and scientific conferences, except where conducted solely or primarily for the purpose of R&D support (e.g. the preparation of the original report of R&D findings should be included in R&D).
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), "Main Definitions and Conventions for the Measurement of Research and Experimental Development (R&D). A Summary of the Frascati Manual 1993", OECD, Paris, 1994, p.15