ITU and OECD form knowledge partnership to launch new ICT digital platform
On 23 April, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) announced the launch of a new digital platform ITU iLibrary.
This ITU-OECD knowledge partnership and the launch of ITU iLibrary digital platform seek to expand global access to key ICT data and reporting.
The digital platform allows users across the globe to access key global ICT data and reports from a single platform, so as to support the expanded sharing of knowledge and the increased development of ICT capacities worldwide.
The ITU iLibrary digital platform serves 4 major purposes:
(1) Streamlined content discovery features supplemented by advanced search functionality
(2) Ability to create a personalised profile, which allows users to save content and read it later
(3) Access to the 2017 world telecommunication/ICT indicators database containing almost 200 telecommunications/ICT statistics and more than 230 economies worldwide
(4) Inclusion of all ITU publications and indicators dating back to 1975
"Policy makers, academics, companies and other ICT stakeholders around the globe will greatly benefit from the new ITU iLibrary digital platform, as it provides them with access to the widest breadth and depth of ICT related data and reporting – through a single source," said ITU Secretary-General Mr Houlin Zhao.
"This new tool is a very valuable resource to those within the ICT sector whether they are interested in policy, standards, trends or other key aspects of the sector,” he added.
The ITU iLibrary covers the full range of ICT sector topics, including: Accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, Climate Change and e-Waste, Cloud Computing, Consumer Information and Protection, Cybersecurity, Digital Inclusion, eHealth, Emergency Communications, Human Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields, ICT Infrastructure and Technologies, Innovation, Internet of Things, Regulatory and Market Environments, Smart Cities and Societies, Space Research and Satellite Communication.
Some of the most trusted global ICT sector data sources available on the ITU iLibrary digital platform include:
(1) Annual Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI), a multi-stakeholder initiative to measure the commitment of countries to cybersecurity. Each country’s level of development is analysed within five categories: Legal Measures, Technical Measures, Organizational Measures, Capacity Building and Co-operation.
(2) Yearbook of Statistics which features data collected and processed by ITU through questionnaires sent to telecommunication/ICT ministries, telecommunication regulatory authorities and national statistics offices.
(3) High-Frequency Broadcasting Schedule is issued at the end of each month with the exception of June. They contain the combined scheduled notified to the ITU by the Administrations or other broadcasting organisations for the corresponding season. Schedules are generally posted two weeks after the end date for submission.
(4) Annual Measuring the Information Society Report and accompanying ICT Development Index (IDI). Since 2009, the ITU annual report features key ICT data and IDI, a benchmarking tool to measure the information society. The report presents a quantitative analysis of the information society and highlight new and emerging trends and measurement issues.
(5) The World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators database contains more than 180 telecommunication/ICT statistics covering fixed-telephone networks, mobile-cellular telephone subscriptions, quality of service, Internet (including fixed- and mobile-broadband subscription data), traffic, staff, prices, revenue, investment and statistics on ICT access and use by households and individuals.
The new ITU iLibrary is accessible via www.itu-ilibrary.org.