Information and Communication

Information and communication technologies are reshaping the world, transforming the way in which we communicate, govern, work, manage crises, do business and spend our free time. These changes are, in turn, driving new policy development to address the societal impacts of digital technologies.

The UK Data Service holds data on a wide range of ICT topics, such as mobile communication, telework, social-media, radio, television, internet use, mass media, infrastructure, security and trust. This key research area helps us to understand how the fast evolving world of digital technologies impacts people’s lives and communities, changes the way we interact, affects our cultural experiences and could shape our future society and economy. Explore our library of impact case studies demonstrating how our data have been used. Find out how to search our catalogue.

Some key datasets

Here are some popular datasets within the theme of information and communication.

1970 British Cohort Study

Coverage: 1970 - ongoing; Great Britain

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British Social Attitudes Survey

Coverage: 1983 – ongoing; Great Britain

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E-commerce Survey, 2001-2019: Secure Access

Coverage: 2001 - 2019; United Kingdom

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Labour Force Survey

Coverage: 1975 - 1991; United Kingdom

Topic: See data catalogue record for full topic listing.

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OECD Telecommunications and Internet Statistics, 1980-2018

Coverage: 1980 - 2018; Multi-nation

Topic: See data catalogue record for full topic listing.

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Taking Part Survey

Coverage: 2005 - ongoing; England

Topic: See data catalogue record for full topic listing.

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Understanding Society

Coverage: 2009 - ongoing; United Kingdom

Topic: See data catalogue record for full topic listing.

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UNESCO Communication and Information Statistics, 1995-2006

Coverage: 1995 - 2006; Multi-nation

Topic: See data catalogue record for full topic listing.

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United Kingdom Children Go Online, 2003-2005

Coverage: 2003 - 2005; United Kingdom

Topic: See data catalogue record for full topic listing.

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World Bank Africa Development Indicators, 1960-2011

Coverage: 1960 - 2011; Africa

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