Joint Programming Initiative

More Years, Better Lives

The Potential and Challenges of Demographic Change

Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Households
Einsatz von Informations und Kommunikationstechnologien (IKT) in Haushalten

Uses of Technology
Relevance for this Topic
Country Austria
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Contact information

Nina Djahangiri
Statistik Austria - Data collected on behalf of the European Commission, Eurostat
Guglgasse 13
1110 Vienna
Phone: +431711287522
Email: nina.djahangiri(at)

Timeliness, transparency

The survey is conducted in the first half of each year and the report with main findings is available in October of the same year.

Type of data


Type of Study

Cross-section, regular

Data gathering method

Telephone interview (CATI)

Access to data

Available to researchers by request to Statistics Austria. Requests must include name, position, institution, research project and requested database.

Conditions of access

Anonymised microdata


The report is only available in German.


Round 1: data collected in 2002. Round 2: data collected in 2005 with a sample size of 12,580 individuals. Round 3: data collected in 2006. Round 4: data collected in 2007 with a sample size of 8,878 individuals. Round 5: data collected in 2008 with a sample size of 7,064 individuals and an additional sample of 272 individuals between the ages of 12 and 15. Round 6: data collected in 2009 with a sample size of 6, 675 individuals. Round 7: data collected in 2010 with a sample size of 6,642 individuals. Round 8: data collected in 2011 with a sample size of 4,958 individuals. Round 9: data collected in 2012 with a sample size of 5,100 individuals.


Stratified by region

Uses Microcensus survey sample (Central Registry)

All households in Austria with at least one inhabitant between the ages of 16 and 74

Population aged 16 to 74

Population representative at state (Bundesland) level only because the same number of households are sampled from each state, regardless of variation in population size

Every year the overarching theme of the survey changes (eg. 2010: E-Security; 2011: E-Skills) Survey questionnaire is based on a list of questions recommended by Eurostat and consists of a set of questions posed to household members collectively, and another set addressed to each individual household member. Corresponds to Uses of Technology Topic

• "Austria's Statistical Yearbook" - annual publication (Statistisches Jahrbuch Österreichs) • "Use of Information and Communication Technology in Households, 2012" (Einsatz von Informations und Kommunikationstechnologien in Haushalten, 2012)



Part of and linked to Austria's Microcensus/labour force survey datasets

Data quality

Systematic plausibility checks of the data were performed, and interviews that were incomplete or interrupted were reviewed. At the microdata level, outliers were reviewed and compared with their corresponding values in the Microcensus. Comparison of main attributes are conducted from year-to-year; In carrying out imputations for unit-non-response, socio-demographic attributes are distinguished from the ICT attributes; Item-non-responses were imputed Data was weighted according to population by state (Bundesland), age and gender, and also according to state and nationality group.

No breaks reported

No breaks in terminology reported


Strengths: This survey has good linkage to the Austrian Microcensus and through its use of standardized classification, it makes international comparisons possible. The data is collected annually and information is disaggregated by age group. Weaknesses: Due to the voluntary nature of Eurostat's recommendation on survey design, it limits cross-national comparisons.

  • The information about this dataset was compiled by the author:
  • Maria M. Hofmarcher
  • (see Partners)