Survey on Private Usage of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
Erhebung über die private Nutzung von Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien (IKT)
Uses of Technology
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Research Data Centre of the Federal Statistical Office - Forschungsdatenzentrum des Statistisches Bundesamtes
Phone: +49 0611 75-2420
Fax: +49 0611 75-3915
Timeliness, transparencyFirst results are available about 4 months after end of field time.
Only on-site access (workplace in research data centre or remote data processing)
Conditions of access
Data use contract with fees
depending on complexity of analysis
anonymised microdata, remote data processing: lower level of anonymisation
Only On-Site-Access: Data available as SPSS-, STATA-, SAS- files
Data is available in German only.
Data collection has been ongoing since 2002. Beginning in 2006, the sample size has consisted of 12,000 households. Previously, the studies carried out from 2002 to 2005 were pilot studies and had a sample size of 4,000 households.
Wave 11: Data collected in 2012 with a sample size of 12,000 households.
Wave 10: Data collected in 2011 with a sample size of 12,000 households.
Wave 9: Data collected in 2010 with a sample size of 12,000 households.
Wave 8: Data collected in 2009 with a sample size of 12,000 households.
Wave 7: Data collected in 2008 with a sample size of 12,000 households.
Wave 6: Data collected in 2007 with a sample size of 12,000 households.
Wave 5: Data collected in 2006 with a sample size of 12,000 households.
Wave 4: Data collected in 2005 (pilot study) with a sample size of 4,000 households.
Wave 3: Data collected in 2004 (pilot study) with a sample size of 4,000 households.
Wave 2: Data collected in 2003 (pilot study) with a sample size of 4,000 households
Wave 1: Data collected in 2002 (pilot study) with a sample size of 4,000 households.
Quota sample, base: all private households at the main place of residence
NUTS1 – Federal states
10 years and older
NUTS1 – federal states
Detailed Study: Study on dissemination of information and communication technologies (ICT) and on the use of the internet in private households. It also covers socio-economic and socio-demographic items, items on infrastructure of communication technology in private households, information on the way, frequency and purposes of the internet usage (e.g. E-government, E-commerce, E-learning), information on scruples and barriers to the use of new technologies (Source: Statistisches Bundesamt 2012. Quality Report on IKT 2012 and Fachserie 15, Reihe 4, Wirtschaftsrechnungen)
• Fachserie 15 Reihe 4 zur IKT-Erhebung. Private Haushalte in der Informationsgesellschaft – Nutzung von Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien. Statistisches Bundesamt, Wiesbaden, 2012.
• Nomenclature of territorial units for statistics NUTS-08
• Classification of Country Codes ISO-3166 (International Organization for Standardization),
• ISCED-97 (International Standard Classification of Education)
• ISCO-08 (International Standard Classification of Occupation)
Linkage by data user not possible
• Sampling error: quota sample, no sampling error
• Non-sampling error: questionnaire checks before data entry, computer-assisted plausibility checks
• Non-response: quota sample, therefore no non-response results on base of observation units, less than 5 per cent non-response rate on base of item units. (Source: Statistisches Bundesamt 2012. Quality Report on IKT 2012)
There was a larger sample size in the years 2006 to 2012, than in the years 2003 to 2005.
No inconsistencies known
The ICT-Survey records data on the dissemination of information and communication technologies (ICT) and on the use of the internet in private households. Among others, it provides information on the usage of ICT for educational activities and on attending computer training courses. The ICT-survey has a large sample. As it is conducted every year, the ICT-survey allows for trend analyses over a longer period. Data is harmonized between the EU-member states, so the results are directly comparable. Documentation and metadata in German are available via internet.
The survey contains only few context variables, mainly socio-economic and socio-demographic items. There is no Scientific Use File, data can only be used by on-site access and remote data processing. Data and documentation are available in German only.
- The information about this dataset was compiled by the author:
- Andreas Motel-Klingebiel
- (see Partners)