At the forefront of documenting ICT progress and its impact on development and competitiveness has been the World Economic Forum, which for the past ten years has been publishing The Global Information Technology Report (GITR). With an extensive coverage of 138 economies, the 2010-2011 GITR remains the world’s most comprehensive and authoritative international assessment of the impact of ICT on the development process and the competitiveness of nations, using the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) as the framework of analysis.
To better disseminate ICT data and make it available for wider use, the World Economic Forum recently chose to launch a new data-sharing platform built on DevInfo technology. This interactive dashboard provides users with a set of tools to explore the impact of information and data technology on a range of socio-economic areas. Through the site, users can compare NRI data with data from other key World Economic Forum competitiveness reports, MDG indicators, and selected indicators from other sources. A range of visualization tools allows users to explore and gain new insights into the relationships between technology and other domains.
Data making a difference.
1 The Millennium Development Goals Report 2010, United Nations, New York, 2010, pp. 71-72.