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S-time-distance presentation at Eurostat
Sunday, 02 May 2010

S-time-distance method – A Novel Generic Statistical Measure Providing New Insights from Existing Data

Attached is the presentation of P. Sicherl at the Eurostat, March 2010 and at the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, April 2010

S-time-distance is a novel statistical measure providing new insights to many problems. Expressed in time units it is readily understood by policy makers, managers, media and general public, thus an excellent presentation and communication tool for policy analysis and debate.

Professor Sicherl first provides an outline on the time distance methodology. There is a number of examples of application topics provided based on Eurostat and some other international data.

A special attention is given to using the time distance method for graphical presentation of relevant statistical indicators.

Visualisation of digital divide in the world
Thursday, 01 April 2010

Presentation of P. Sicherl at the 11th Bled Forum on Europe: The future of Information Society and Challenges for Good Governance 

Digital divide visualisation in a broader sense is encompassing a novel methodology of measuring gaps in two dimensions (static and time distance measures) and analysing ICT together with other development attributes. 

Using Sweden as a benchmark the graphs for 186-200 countries for three ICT indicators per 100 inhabitants (mobile phones, Internet users and fixed broadband penetration) will be shown for two measures of disparity for 2008: static index (Sweden=100) and time lag behind Sweden. On the one hand, the global digital divide measured by static degree of disparity is very high especially in the more demanding sectors. This needs to be addressed by the world community. On the other hand, the rapid speed of ICT diffusion shows that the time distance lag behind Sweden is between 8 to 12 years compared with life expectancy (66 years) and infant survival rate (72 years). Thus the potential of technological progress can with additional help create the opportunity for the ICT sector to become important instrument to reduce world disparities and promote sustainable development. 

Improved governance needs also better tools for fact based decision making. The time distance methodology can be used both for benchmarking and monitoring also for digital divide at other levels and also across indicators in other domains on macro and micro levels. 

Section on time distance analysis in ITU’s report 'Measuring the Information Society 2010'
Wednesday, 24 March 2010

The S-time-distance shows an alternative way of looking at digital divide at the world level that can be used also at other levels 

International Telecommunication Union in Geneva recently published the new report 'Measuring the Information Society 2010'. Chapter 3 measuring the digital divide has also a section on time distance analysis (pp. 43-52). It is also useful in comparisons across indicators from different indicators and domains (Chart 3.6). ITU and SICENTER evaluated the digital divide in time from benchmark Sweden and on pages 50 and 51 ITU managed to visually present the results for each of the 200 countries.  

The S-time-distance is now treated as an alternative way of looking at digital divide at the world level, but it can be useful also for analysing digital divide at the national, regional, sectoral, gender and socio-economic groups. By analogy, disparities in the world (and for other levels) for other indicators and for different domains can be better understood when taking into account both static and time distance dimensions of disparities. 

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