Mergeflow for Data Scientists

Build your own applications and models on top of Mergeflow data

With Mergeflow's API, you can build new types of models and analyses, using real-time, structured R&D and business data.

Just to give you a few ideas, here are a few examples of what you can do with Mergeflow's API:

Discover market changing innovations


As a strategy or market intelligence professional, a major part of your work is discovering emerging technologies early on, and following their development over time. Based on what you see, you identify "regions of interest" that may benefit your company’s value creation—or that may be disruptive to your business.

The challenge is that relevant developments may come from many different fields. And because you don't know in advance which ones will pan out, you have to cast a wide net. On top of this, many interesting developments first show up dispersed, across tech sectors and data sources.

Discovering strategies in additive manufacturing by cross-correlating patent and R&D data, via Mergeflow's API.

Using Mergeflow data on patents and R&D publications, we identified potential hotspots for additive manufacturing innovation. These hotspots then turned out to be an area where major companies teamed up to create large-scale 3D-printed objects.

Read what we did exactly, and how we did it

Because information gathering and organizing are automated, you can cast a wide net:

Monitor all your topics of interest, not just an enforced selection.

Explore all possible combinations of topics and companies that you could never do manually.

Do emerging technologies discovery and competitive intelligence, all in one environment.

And to be alerted to dispersed but potentially important developments across your topics as quickly as possible, you can build specific event detection logics on top of Mergeflow’s API.

As a strategy or market intelligence professional, with Mergeflow's API you can...

Follow developments across multiple tech sectors


By automating the gathering and organizing of information, you can track innovations in computing, materials, energy, life sciences, manufacturing, and others that are spreading across all tech sectors and industries—most likely including yours.

Feed organized R&D data into your enterprise collaboration system


Via Mergeflow’s API, you can obtain information on R&D, markets, players, and ideas that are relevant to your teams and projects. And because the data come in standard JSON format, you can feed them into your existing project management and collaboration systems.

Adapt analytics to your specific needs


Technology and market developments that are important to you and your organization may be different from those that are important to others. With Mergeflow's API, you can design pattern detection and alert logics that fit your needs.

Explore M&A targets


As a corporate M&A professional, exploring potential M&A targets is probably part of your job. Typically, the goal is to identify, from a long list of potentially relevant ones, those companies that meet your technology needs, and to then explore those companies in greater detail.

But in order to get to this short list, you need to explore information on hundreds of companies, sometimes even more. Done manually, or through consultants, this would be too time consuming.

With Mergeflow’s API, you can automate the information collection and organizing process:

  1. You start off by defining technology needs, and the long list of potential M&A targets (if you need help translating your needs into API queries, we can help you).
  2. Mergeflow then collects information on the companies, from the companies’ websites and other data sources (e.g. patents, or sources like clinical trials, if applicable).
  3. Mergeflow’s analytics match these contents against your technology needs.
  4. The result is an organized data set that lets you filter, sort, and group companies by your technology needs, on-the-fly.

Based on your interest profile, you can also use Mergeflow to identify additional M&A targets that were not on your list.

Mergeflow data on chemicals companies and applications, visualization in PowerBI, data via Mergeflow API

The example above uses data from Mergeflow to explore some chemicals companies, their applications and technologies. We used PowerBI to visualize the data (you could also use tools like Qlik Sense or Tableau).

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As a corporate M&A professional, with Mergeflow's API you can...

Explore more companies


Thanks to automated information gathering and semantic analysis, you can scale your screening activities, practically without limits.

Directly apply your expertise


You know best what is a good fit, and what your technology needs are. And you have a "know it when you see it"-like intuition about your domain. Through Mergeflow’s API, you can apply your skillset directly, without middlemen.

Proceed iteratively


Even when you have a clear idea of what your technology needs are, you may not find a perfect match right away. You may have to iterate and run several analyses. This is only possible with analytics automation, such as through Mergeflow’s API.

Discover and track emerging technologies


As a product designer or manager, scientist or engineer, you have to span two extremes: On the one hand, you need to discover new technologies as early as possible. After all, integrating a new technology into your R&D pipeline usually requires time. At the other end of the spectrum, you have to scan the market context of your technologies so that you can make a case for investing in them.

This means that in addition to traditional R&D information sources, such as journals and papers, you will also need to consider venture investments, government R&D funding, and market information, for example.

You can build a comprehensive, large-scale technology intelligence solution on top of Mergeflow's API:

  1. Start off with a watchlist of known technologies, researchers, and organizations.
  2. Discover adjacent areas that you were not aware of yet, using Mergeflow's metadata. For example, you could use 'emerging technologies' or 'patent classes' tags, which are available for all contents.
  3. Build signal detection algorithms and heuristics that help you discover entirely new topics that are gaining momentum.
  4. Mine all Mergeflow datasets, not just a slice.

Once you have identified potential regions of interest, you can then use Mergeflow's browser-based UI to explore specific findings and their context.

Government research funding, science publications, and venture investments: Patterns over time for emerging materials technologies.

Using Mergeflow’s API, we analyzed trends in a set of emerging materials technologies, in government R&D funding (left), science publications (middle), and venture funding (right).

As a product designer, scientist or engineer, with Mergeflow's API you can...

Analyze more technologies


The most obvious advantage of automating information gathering and analysis: You can explore not just a handful but large sets of technologies, ideas, and players.

Explore intersections of industries and tech sectors


Typically, the most interesting innovations happen at intersections of industries and tech sectors. Mergeflow's API gives you the necessary bandwidth to explore a large variety of possible technology and application combinations.

Test more hypotheses


As you look for potentially relevant ideas that you can’t even name yet, you typically have a range of hypotheses for how these ideas may appear in the data. Using Mergeflow's API, you can test all your hypotheses, rather than just the small subset that you'd have to pick if you ran your analyses manually.

Get organized data on the world of innovation


Our API gives you direct access to organized, real-time innovation data from around the web. So you don't have to build your own data lake and analytics.

Document data

Titles & excerpts

Entities, patent classes, emerging technologies

Semantically related documents

Funding data

Venture fundings

Funded research projects

Market data

Market segments

Market size and CAGR estimates

Market-relevant companies

Entity data

Inventors and researchers

Companies

Organizations

Investors

Locations

Countries

Chemical compounds

Organisms

Diseases (ICD-10 nomenclature)

Topic data

Emerging technologies

Patent classes (for all documents)

Timeline data

Document volume over time

Funding amounts over time

Relationship data

Relationships between entities

Relationships between topics

Distributional data

Entity distributions

Topic distributions

Data sources are updated every two hours, except patents, which are updated weekly.

Here are more details, in our Technical Knowledge Base:

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BMW

"Investing in technology discovery might seem like a risky strategy, but it's one that pays off.

Mergeflow's software, which was used by BMW to build the company's tech radar, scans thousands of scientific and technological publications, patents, news, market analyses, investor activities and other data every day. Users can search for a concept or a category and immediately access hundreds of potential innovations that are related to their query."

ZDNet.com, These 'technology scouts' are hunting for the next big thing in tech. Here's how they do it. By Daphné Leprince-Ringuet.

Read on ZDNet

You can start with the tools you already have


You can feed data from our API into tools like PowerBI, Qlik Sense, or Tableau. This way you can build applications and models on top of our data—without having to buy and learn new tools first.

Below is our example from above that we built with PowerBI. It uses data from Mergeflow on chemicals companies, applications and technologies.

Mergeflow data on chemicals companies and applications, visualization in PowerBI, data via Mergeflow API

Get Mergeflow data and structured analyses via our RESTful API


Our customers use Mergeflow's API to feed R&D and business data into tailored, in-house business intelligence analytics.

The data from our API come in JSON format.

Examples of JSON responses returned by the Mergeflow API. The data could be documents plus metadata, funding data, network graph data, or others.

And here are the technical details you need to start building:

Read API documentation

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Specific event detection logics

"My company makes equipment for robot-assisted surgery. So I have topics like 'augmented reality', 'digital twins', and 'metaverse' on my radar. And what I find particularly interesting is when one of our competitors becomes active in any of these areas."

General event detection logics, like our Weekly360 email updates, report on activities within and across topics, in venture investments, R&D, patents, news, or blogs.

But the example above is more complicated. And in order to handle situations like this, you could build an email or workspace chat (Slack, Teams, etc.) service that sends out messages only when one or more of your specific relevance conditions are met. This is what we mean by "specific event detection logic".