OECD Guide to Measuring the Information Society 2011

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This OECD Guide to Measuring the Information Society is a compilation of concepts, definitions, classifications and methods for information society measurement and analysis.
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  • Foreword
    The OECD Guide to Measuring the Information Society provides a standard reference for statisticians, analysts and policy makers in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). It summarises the statistical standards and definitions developed by the OECD Working Party on Indicators for the Information Society (WPIIS) to inform the activities of the Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy (ICCP).
  • Preface
    For the last decade or so, developments in information and communication technology (ICT) have attracted increasing attention. The need for statistics and analysis to support and inform policy making in this area has grown in parallel. Since 1999, the OECD Working Party on Indicators for the Information Society (WPIIS) has been providing statistical standards and comparable data to member countries and to the wider international community. Furthermore, WPIIS has analysed these statistics in order to assess the impact of ICT on growth, productivity, innovation and education.
  • Introduction
    The introductory chapter to the Guide provides answers to the following key questions: What is the information society, in statistical terms? Why has the Guide been produced? Who is the intended audience for the Guide? What does the Guide contain?
  • ICT Products
    This chapter describes definitions and classifications relating to ICT goods and services, measurement of international trade in ICT goods, and the price and quality of ICT products.
  • ICT Infrastructure
    This chapter addresses the infrastructure of the information society – access, quality, investment and tariffs.
  • ICT Supply
    This chapter deals with the supply side of ICT, namely the ICT sector, its impacts, other ICT-producing entities, and ICT patenting activity.
  • ICT Demand by Businesses
    This chapter describes the OECD model survey of ICT use by businesses and discusses the statistical standards for e-business and e-commerce. It also looks at the topics of ICT investment and expenditure by business, and the economic impacts of ICT investment and use.
  • ICT Demand by Households and Individuals
    This chapter describes the OECD model survey of ICT access and use by households and individuals. It also includes discussion of e-commerce and the social and economic impacts of ICT use by households and individuals.
  • Content and Media
    This chapter describes statistical issues relating to information and electronic content and more recent work on the definition of content and media sector and its products.
  • The International Scene and the Road Ahead
    This chapter concludes the Guide with an overview of the international activities for measuring ICTs and future challenges.
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