HSE ISSEK Contributed to the Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology
Gulnara Abdrakhmanova, Leonid Gokhberg, and Alexander Sokolov prepared a chapter “Indicators of Information and Communication Technology” for 10-volume set of the Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology (edited by Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, Information Resources Management Association, USA). Its Fourth Edition will be released in July, 2017 and it is available for pre-order.
The “Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fourth Edition” is a 10-volume set which includes 705 original and previously unpublished research articles covering a full range of perspectives, applications, and techniques. Thousands of experts and researchers from around the globe contributed to this all-encompassing, well-established reference source that is ideally designed to disseminate the most forward-thinking and diverse research findings. With critical perspectives on the impact of information science management and new technologies in modern settings, including but not limited to computer science, education, healthcare, government, engineering, business, and natural and physical sciences, it is a pivotal and relevant source of knowledge that will be useful for every professional within the field of information science and technology and is an invaluable addition to every academic and corporate library. During the past 15 years, the Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology has become recognized as one of the landmark sources of the latest knowledge and discoveries in this discipline.
Chapter 408 “Indicators of Information and Communication Technology” was written by Gulnara Abdrakhmanova, Director of HSE ISSEK Centre for Statistics and Monitoring of Information Society, Leonid Gokhberg, HSE First Vice-Rector of HSE ISSEK Director, and Alexander Sokolov, HSE ISSEK Deputy Director and Director of HSE ISSEK Foresight Centre.
The authors of the chapter examined the approaches to measuring information and communication technology (ICT), which became a major driver of changes in economic, social, public and private life, leading to emergence of the Information Society and Digital Economy. They argue that identification of key trends and analysis of transformation processes can only be made on the basis of reliable statistical data. Development of relevant international statistics plays a leading role here hence, via establishing and updating relevant standards, it allows to measure development of the Information Society in a global scale, and benchmark positions of individual countries in the worldwide economic environment. ICT indicators are based on general (definitions and classifications, similar data collection methodologies) and specialised statistical standards, whereas harmonised methodology provides highly compatible indicators for different countries. The objective of this chapter is to present a systemic overview of internationally accepted definitions of main ICT indicators based on accumulated methodological standards and practical experience.
The work of HSE ISSEK researchers within the international collaboration continues the Institute’s studies on factors and the evolution of the Information Society. The results of these research are regularly published in analytical reports, academic journals and, in particular, in data books series “Information Society Indicators in the Russian Federation” and “Information Society Outlook”.
By Karina Zagitova