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Archive of methodological explanations for the news release:

Usage of information and communication technologies by households and individuals

Status: 05.11.2015

Purpose of the statistical survey
The statistical survey ICT.3 is an annual survey about the usage of information and communication technologies (ICT) in the households and by individuals, with the aim to provide information about the access to certain information and communication technologies (e.g. computers, mobile devices, Internet), frequency and purpose of their usage, information literacy of the population of the Republic of Macedonia.

Observation units
Observation units are the households that have at least one person of age 15-74, and a person, member of the household, who is at the time of data collection aged 15 to 74 years.

Method of data collection
Data are collected by face-to-face interview survey, conducted yearly (in April or May) on the whole territory of the Republic of Macedonia, based on a sample of households, by filling in a questionnaire (IKT.3).

The sample size is 1995 households.

The frame for household selection was the data from the Census of Population, Households and Dwellings, 2002.

The reference period - in general, it is the first quarter of the year - the period of 3 months prior to the survey. Some data (e.g. e-commerce, usage of e-government services) refer to the last 12 months - the period of 12 months prior to the survey.
The questionnaires and the basic methods of the survey are prepared according to Eurostat’s methodology and recommendations, in accordance with the regulations of the European Community. Regulation (EC) No 808/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council is the framework regulation.

The data in the survey refer to households and persons, and they are calculated by applying two weights: household weight and weight for persons. The weights for households are obtained as inverse values of inclusion probabilities, and then adjusted with the non-response by stratum. The weights for individuals, besides the calibration with the rate of non-response, are calibrated with the reference projections of population by sex and by six age groups.

Definitions and other explanations

Information and communications technology (ICT)
is equipment and programme (software and hardware) for data communication, for example, mobile phone, personal computer, Internet, e-mail.

Internet (World Wide Web) - World wide open computer mediated system (network) available to the public based on a standardized Internet protocol (IP) that enables the users from various places to communicate and exchange audio-visual information.

Web site - Location on the World Wide Web identified by a Web address. Collection of Web files on a particular subject, including a starting entry page called a home page.


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