Information Society Measurement : Core Indicators, Statistics, and Data Collection – ICT Indicators in Education and E-Government
The lack of a comprehensive comparable set of information and communications technology (ICT) indicators poses a major obstacle to strategic decision-making, for instance in identifying priority areas of policy action, assessing and revising ICT strategies, allocating resources, monitoring progress, evaluating impacts, and benchmarking national/regional/global development of the information society. In recognition of that, the “Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development” developed a list of core ICT indicators through an intensive global stocktaking process. The Partnership list is comprised of forty-two core ICT indicators under four categories: (a) ICT infrastructure and access, (b) access to, and use of, ICT by households and individuals, (c) use of ICT by businesses, and (d) ICT sector and trade in ICT goods. The agreed-upon list was recognized at the 36th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission, held in New York, during 1-4 March 2005. However, the list was not intended to be a final list, as it does not cover all vital sectors of the information society; hence, the focus of the EGM on core indicators for use of ICT in education and literacy and e-government readiness, as well as fostering the adoption and collection of data for these indicators in Western Asia and the Arab region.