The statistics in this section track the usage of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), which has been one of the main drivers of changes within society and businesses for more than a decade. More specifically, statistics on the information society monitor three aspects:
* The completion of a single European information space * Innovation and investment in ICT research * Achieving an inclusive European information society
These aspects correspond with the main aims of i2010 – a European Information Society for growth and employment. This is a strategic framework for the information society and a key element of the renewed Lisbon Strategy, and it offers a comprehensive strategy for the ICT and media sector.
The collection of the data on the information society corresponds to the framework Regulation (EC) no. 808/2004, which ensures that the data are harmonised. The regulation contains two modules, covering:
* Enterprises * Households and individuals
As a framework regulation it allows adjustment to newly evolving needs by users and decision makers by annually implementing measures (Commission regulations, see links in Legislation).
The complete Eurostat working database with the results from the surveys on the usage of information and communication technologies in enterprises and households/by individuals (in MS-Access format) and the description how to use it can be downloaded directly from the links below.
Statistics on ENT (NACE Rev 2 in ACCESS 197 MB) incl 2013 v 30th Jan 2014
Statistics on ENT (NACE Rev 1.1 in ACCESS 106 MB) incl EU28 v 4th July 2013
ICT Financial Enterprises Web DB (ACCESS 1.5 MB) v 06032008
Where to find which indicator in Database tables in Eurobase (incl 2013)
This document describes how to use the ACCESS database files
Variables collected - ICT usage and e-Commerce in enterprises NACE Rev 1
Variables collected - ICT usage and e-Commerce in enterprises NACE Rev 2
Variables collected - ICT usage in households and by individuals
Breakdowns collected - ICT usage and e-Commerce in enterprises NACE Rev 1
Breakdowns collected - ICT usage and e-Commerce in enterprises NACE Rev 2
Breakdowns collected - ICT usage in households and by individuals
Units published for both ICT usage surveys
Eurostat and the National Statistical Offices have developed a Methodological Manual for the surveys on ICT usage in enterprises and households.
Main objectives of this manual is to provide guidelines for
* developing the national surveys * help harmonise the national surveys * help share experiences of the countries * best practice gathering
Detailed metadata to both surveys is available through the icon in Tables and Database. It contains also links to national survey details (per country) or to footnotes for specific indicators.
ICT impact assessment by linking data from different sources (2010 - 2012)
ESSLimit – ESSnet on Linking of Microdata on ICT usage, Innovation, Structural Business Statistics and Business Registers to analyse impact of ICT and innovation on European Businesses.
The report contains the findings of the project on exploring the use and impact of ICT in the business sector – the ESSnet project on Linking of Microdata on ICT Usage (ESSLimit). There are two main characteristics of this project that determined the scale and scope of its research.
Firstly, 15 European statistical offices participated in the project which allowed for a wealth of enterprise-level data to be used, spanning 15 countries and many years and including not only ICT use data but also information derived from business registers, production surveys and innovation surveys. By linking these different data sets, richer information can be extracted from existing data sources and decisions taken at the firm level can be investigated in greater depth. Also, enterprise-level analysis of issues of interest carried out in each country was co-ordinated and based on comparable data ensuring internationally comparable results.
Secondly, a cross-country dataset was built from aggregation of comparable enterprise-level data. Conceptually identical indicators were compiled at a relatively disaggregated industry level across multiple countries and time periods. The resulting dataset was used for industry-level analysis within the project.
The ESSLimit project, financed by Eurostat, was launched in December 2010 and finished in December 2012. It has addressed some of the issues pertaining to seven priority areas of DAE by investigating ICT in dimensions not earlier explored nationally or internationally. As an ESSnet project, ESSLimit also followed the objectives of the MEETS ('Modernisation of European Enterprise and Trade Statistics') programme, especially the objective of producing new relevant policy indicators without the need to collect more data and without increasing the burden on enterprises.
The project relied heavily on its predecessor, the 2006-2008 Eurostat ICT Impacts project.
A final follow-up to the ESSLimit project, ESSLait was launched in January 2013 with specific focus on data quality and impact analysis.
ICT impact assessment by linking data from different sources (2006 - 2008)
A ‘network group’ of 13 European statistics offices have been working between 2006 and 2008 to develop new approaches to assessing the impact of ICT on business and the economy, to make recommendation on future measurement needs, and to establish new methods for producing indicators. The countries, which participated in the project, were the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Italy, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Denmark. United Kingdom had a coordinating role.
The study has developed firm level analysis at country level, using data-linking techniques and common analytical methods across 13 countries to link ICT use and business output surveys. It has used links to test and extend established knowledge on ICT investment, ICT use and firm growth and productivity.
The developed approach permits production of indicators which are completely comparable across countries, and auditable back to source data, but also allow to generate data, which can be used for analysis across countries and industries of differences in behaviour and performance associated with ICT use.
Commission Regulation (EC) No 859/2013
Commission Regulation (EC) No 1083/2012
Commission Regulation (EC) No 937/2011
Commission Regulation (EC) No 821/2010
Commission Regulation (EC) No 1023/2009
Commission Regulation (EC) No 960/2008
Commission Regulation (EC) No 847/2007
Commission Regulation (EC) No 1031/2006
Commission Regulation (EC) No 1099/2005