The basis and foundation of the project
were laid by the SIBIS "eEurope Benchmarking Framework" providing
a guide to the topic research work. The main objective of this work package
has been to provide the conceptual and methodological framework for the
SIBIS project, and in particular for the development of statistical indicators
on the information society in the nine topics covered by the project.
This objective has been met by producing a report that contains:
- a broad set of definitions and concepts
related to the Information Society, in order to ensure a common understanding
of appropriate definitions across project partners as well as maximal
useful compatibility with European statistical standards and definitions,
- a benchmarking framework defining the required
properties of the indicators, and delineating the common structure for
the topic research that was subsequently implemented in work package
- an assessment of policy documents with relationship
to the Information Society to determine the most important policy goals,
approaches and measures, as well as to identify measurement and indicator
concepts that were developed in the political sphere,
- an analysis of statistical documents as a
first stock-taking of the current and emerging statistical measures
to be taken account of in the topic research on each topic.
The e-Europe benchmarking framework was completed
in June 2001 with an update dated October 2002.
The Glossary contains basic information on definitions,
data sources and methodologies. An understanding of the definitions used
and the methodologies used are important to a proper analysis of the statistical
indicators presented. It is divided into subsections corresponding to:
1. The New Economy, eEurope and the Information
Society in general
2. Telecommunications and access
3. Internet for research
4. Security and trust
6. Work, employment and skills
7. Social inclusion
12. Statistics, indicator development, and other methodological issues
13. A Glossary of general ICT terms assembled from a variety of sources.
For simplicity, the information is organised
into prototype tables, with columns corresponding to the term, a short
verbal definition and, for terms corresponding to measurable quantities
or indicators, an indication of likely data sources.