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ICT sector and its R&D

The Ivie has developed for the European Commission a wide database on the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Audiovisual Content sectors, within the framework of the “Prospective Insights on (R&D) in ICT” (PREDICT) Project. The PREDICT project, jointly funded by the European Commission’s DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) and Joint Research Center (JRC), analyzes the importance of ICT, its productivity and R&D spending in the European Union (EU) and 12 relevant countries within the global ICT market. This database is one of the tools used by the European Commission to monitor the progress of the Digital Single Market, one of its key strategic areas.

The databank offers information for 12 variables; value added, employment (hours worked and number of employed persons), productivity, labor productivity, Business Enterprise R&D expenditures (BERD), number of personnel and of researchers, ICT R&D public funding, as well as its deflators, PPP and currency exchange rates. The data is available for the ICT sector, following the OECD classification (2007) of ICT industries, which comprises 12 ICT manufacturing and services sub-sectors and some selected non-ICT producing high-tech sectors.

The data is available for the EU and all its Member States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, United States, South Korea, Japan, Norway, Russia, Switzerland and Taiwan. Data on ICT R&D public funding is offered at the aggregate level, by NABS (NABS - Nomenclature for the Analysis and Comparison of Scientific Programmes and Budgets) and by industry sector (NACE Rev.2) for the EU, United States and Japan. In addition to ICT sector data, the PREDICT 2017 database includes information from official sources (Eurostat, OECD, and National Statistics Institutes, among others) on the following sectors: Media and content (publishing of books and journals, audiovisual and broadcasting activities and news agency activities) and Retail sale via mail order houses or via internet.

The database covers the period 1995 to 2014 (last year with official data). Provisional estimates on the evolution of the main ICT sectors and the Media and content and Retail sale via mail order houses or via internet sectors are available for 2015 and 2016.

This information is analyzed in the 2017 PREDICT Key Facts Report developed jointly by JRC and Ivie. Previous editions of this report can also be accessed on the project’s website (PREDICT 2015 Report: An Analysis of ICT R&D - EU and Beyond, PREDICT 2014 Report, PREDICT 2013 Report and PREDICT 2012 Report).