2002 Asia Pacific Technical Meeting on IT&T Statistics A conceptual framework for measuring ICT statistics Sheridan Roberts Australian Bureau of Statistics firstname.lastname@example.org What is a statistical framework? • A traditional statistical (or conceptual) framework can be viewed as a conceptual map – which allows relevant statistics to be organised and grouped. • A statistical framework should be – logically structured – understandable – comprehensive • It typically deals with a particular topic and… • … includes a range of rules and conceptual information such as concepts, definitions, classifications and participants. Broad level view of ICT Information society ICT Information economy demand/activity ICT industries/ supply Supply–demand framework • Current ICT statistical framework adopted by the ABS can be viewed in economic terms as – the set of ICT goods and services produced, consumed and traded. • Supply side – ICT sector. • Demand/activity side – use of ICT – financial and non-financial aspects of demand. ICT satellite account framework • Does an ICT satellite account represent a statistical framework for measuring financial information relating to supply and demand? – being a derivative of the System of National Accounts, it incorporates a range of statistical concepts and definitions – through supply-use tables, it confronts and reconciles supply and demand information – so encourages alignment of concepts, scope etc between supply and demand side data sources. Activity framework • In relation to the non-financial activity dimension of ICT demand, we mainly need to look beyond a national accounting framework. • OECD’s Infrastructure, Intensity, Impacts model is an example – Infrastructure or Readiness (infrastructures necessary to support ICT use and e-commerce) – Intensity (extent of ICT and e-commerce usage, volume, value and nature of transactions) – Impacts (the difference made by use of ICT and e- commerce in terms of efficiency and creation of sources of new wealth etc). • Other elements of this model are processes, networks (or channels) and participants. ICT definitions, concepts and classifications • Concepts – standard – ICT specific (e.g. electronic commerce income, software measurement) • Definitions – e.g. ICT commodity, ICT sector, e-commerce transactions • Classifications – ICT components of existing classifications – classifications without ICT categories – ICT specific classifications • Participants Bringing it all together • (mainly) financial activity component – ICT satellite accounting framework (SNA) • (mainly) non-financial activity component – activity framework of some sort • within each of these framework components – concepts – definitions – classifications – participants • model surveys/questionnaires • (possibly) specification of measures/gaps.
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