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Information Communication Technology


• To develop statistical methodology and indicators to evaluate the impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on economic performances and social well-being.


Objectives and outputs


• Statistics for the information society are developed following a “building block” approach. Methodological work and data collection have proceeded in several areas at different speeds, in a step-by-step fashion, by looking first at supply side statistics for the information society (statistics on the ICT sector), and then at the demand side (ICT usage statistics). The methodological work entails the development of the following guidelines and model surveys: the OECD definition of the ICT sector (1998; updated and adapted to ISIC rev.4 in 2007), the OECD definitions of electronic commerce transactions (2000, updated in 2009) and their guidelines for implementation (2001), the OECD Model surveys on ICT usage (a) in business and (b) by households/individuals (2005), currently under revision (the new model surveys are expected in 2013), the OECD ICT goods definition (2003) was revised and extended with the definition of Information economy products (2009), which led to a new correspondence table for international trade in ICT products (2010), and the Guide to Measuring the Information Society (2011), which summarises the state of art of definitions, classifications and methodologies.


• The measurement work involves the production of internationally comparable and policy relevant indicators for measuring the supply and demand for ICT sector, ICT infrastructure, related services, content, applications and, in particular, electronic commerce. Data collection and the development of new indicators are carried out in order to aid policy formulation and enable monitoring of progress related to the information society. Data collections of ICT indicators related to the ICT sector (supply statistics) and to ICT use and electronic commerce (demand statistics) are ongoing and metadata information on methodologies and survey vehicles used by member countries is being collected.


• The indicators are used in periodical OECD publications such as the "Internet Economy Outlook", the "Communications Outlook", and the biennial "STI Scoreboard" as well as "OECD Key ICT indicators" available online and updated on a rolling basis.


• A systematisation and a substantial expansion of demand-side statistics has been agreed (2012) and the creation of a joint OECD-Eurostat repository is planned (2013-2014), to make them available to the general public.


Non-member countries involved in the activity:


• Brazil, Egypt, Europe, Russian Federation




• ICT Database




• Improved data and metadata collection exercise on ICT usage;


• Second pilot exercise of data collection to map digital data industries;


• New questions in the OECD Communications Outlook 2013 on measurement on the Telecom / ICT sector.


Data collection:

• Substantial increase in the number of variables and breakdowns.