European Survey of Information Society

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ESIS consists of:

Data collection is carried out in a decentralised manner through the ESIS network of contractors ensuring high quality research built on local knowledge, contacts and understanding.

The core of ESIS is the inventory of Information Society projects. The ESIS Knowledge Base enables qualitative and quantitative analyses of project promoters, project focus and application areas, geographic areas, technologies used, sources of funding, etc. In addition, using various local sources, the database is mapping all promotional activities and key person contacts and organisations in the countries.

Complementary to the database, there is a detailed reporting exercise. Specific country reports were produced at the beginning of the project and are updated and synthesised on a regular basis.

The reports are produced on the following topics:

These reports highlight all the relevant key ICT parameters of each country, thus providing an overview of the status of IS development. The reports focus on socio-economic data, telephone lines, telecommunications equipment, Internet, data markets etc.

Every three months, ESIS reports on regulatory developments within the countries. These reports focus upon: IS development, general telecom policy, institutional structures, international relationships and agreements, the liberalisation process, freedom and protection and information society policies.

The owners of alternative telecommunication networks can play a key role in the development of competition and the provision of new telecommunications services within their respective markets.

These reports, complementary to the database, present all the major actions and initiatives undertaken in the countries to promote Information Society: programmes and calls for projects, conferences, surveys, studies, observatories, publications and the creation of expert groups.

These reports give an overview of the key persons and organisations (with contact addresses and numbers) involved in the development of Information Society, at both national and regional levels.

These reports provide a statistical overview of the web sites developed within the following entities: Schools, Universities, Hospitals, Museums, Libraries, Regional and Local Authorities.