ICT R&D Macrodata

The Ivie has developed for the European Commission’s Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) a wide database of Research and Development (R&D) activities in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector within the framework of the “Prospective Insights on (R&D) in ICT” (PREDICT) Project. The PREDICT analysis contains an overall review on the importance of ICT (R&D) in the European Union. The analysis is carried out by comparing the EU with the United States and 11 more relevant countries from this perspective. This work is jointly funded by the DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT) and JRC-IPTS.

The databank offers information for 7 key variables; value added, employment, labour productivity, Business Enterprise R&D expenditures (BERD), number of personnel and number of researchers. The data is available for the ICT sector (following the OECD classification of ICT industries, which comprises 12 ICT manufacturing and services sub-sectors) and some selected non ICT sectors. The exception is that the data on public funding are only reported at the aggregate level. The data is available for the EU (for all member states), and Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Japan, Korea, Russia, Taiwan, United States, except for public funding which is available for the EU, US and Japan.

The dataset covers the period 2006-2013 and is divided into four sections of information. The first one concerns the ICT sector, based on the comprehensive 2007 OECD ICT sector definition (NACE Rev 2). The second one is based on an operational definition of ICT sector that allows us to conduct an international comparison with non-EU countries, as some of these countries do not have the necessary disaggregated information to estimate all ICT subsectors following the comprehensive definition. The third section includes information on retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet sector and the fourth section includes other additional sectors to weight them against the ICT sectors and compare the EU members with the non-EU countries. The data is collected based on official sources (Eurostat, OCDE, and the National Offices, amongst others). This data still contains gaps and where this is the case, rigorous cross-checking and estimating methods have been applied to provide the study with the necessary set of data.

The data includes the following variables:

  • Value added
  • Employment
  • Labour productivity
  • Expenditure on R&D
  • R&D personnel
  • Researchers
  • Public funding of ICT R&D

All this information has been analyzed in the PREDICT 2015 Report: An Analysis of ICT R&D - EU and Beyond (Matilde Mas and Juan Fernández de Guevara, University of Valencia and Ivie). In this web site previous editions of the report can also be found (see PREDICT 2014 Report, PREDICT 2013 Report and PREDICT 2012 Report).