Concepts and Definitions

Household: One person or group of persons with or without a family relationship who live in the same house, who meet basic requirements together and take part in the facilities and management of the household.

Non-Institutional Population: Comprises all the population excluding the residents of schools, dormitories, prisons, kindergartens, rest homes for elderly persons, special hospitals, military barracks and recreation quarters for officers.

Household Member: A member who constitutes household. In addition; persons who are under the coverage of institutional population (soldiers and prisoners, elderly persons in the rest homes, students in the dormitories, children in kindergartens and residents staying more than 12 months in the hospitals), visitors staying less than 12 months, leaving from household more than 12 months and definitely due to join the army, wedding, going to work or looking for a grandchild are excluding.

Occupation: Occupation statuses are took into account in accordance with ISCO-08.

Education: Education statuses of the individuals are classified in accordance with ISCED-2011.

Employment Status: Employment statuses are took into account in accordance with ICSE-1993 classification.

Persons unemployed: The unemployed comprises all persons 16 years of age and over who were not employed (neither worked for profit, payment in kind or family gain at any job even for one hour, who have no job attachment) during the reference period who have used at least one channel for seeking a job during the last three months and were available to start work within two weeks.

Persons Not in Labour Force: Includes persons who are neither unemployed nor employed and 16 years of age and over. (Non-Institutional Working Age Population - Labour Force)

Household chores: Persons not seeking a job and were not available for work because of doing household chores.

Retired persons: Persons not seeking a job were not available for work because of being retired.

In education or training: Persons not seeking a job and were not available for work because of attending regular school or training.

Disabled, old or ill: Persons not seeking a job and were not available for work because of being disabled, ill or elderly.

Other: Persons not seeking a job and were not available for work because of family or personal reasons or other reasons.

Portable computers: These are laptop computers. In addition to fulfil all tasks, they can be easily transported.

Game console: Game machine connected to the Internet can be defined as. Portable game consoles included. As an example, the Sony Playstation, Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Xbox. PSP and so on.

WAP (Wireless Application Protocol): Mobile phones are such technology like handheld computers (PDA) that allows internet content on the mobile device.

GPRS (General Packet Radio Service): GPRS (General Packet Radio Systems) is stand for 2nd generation mobile technologies (though GPRS is sometimes referred to as 2,5 generation) while UMTS (Universal Mobile Telephone System) is the term for 3rd generation mobile technology.

GPS (Global Positioning System): A system of 24 satellites orbiting the Earth that broadcast signals which can be used to determine the exact geographic position on the Earth’s surface. GPS is used extensively in field-mapping, surveying and navigation.

3G: Only connections to 3rd generation (3G) mobile networks or higher (3+), such as for example UMTS radio technology network, or higher will classify for broadband. UMTS (Universal Mobile Telephone System) give access to the Internet at much higher speed compared to 2nd or 2,5 generation networks such as GPRS. Any access to 3G+ networks such as HSDPA (High Speed Download Packet Access) or 4G should be included.

4,5G: 4G is the fourth generation of mobile phone technology that follows on from the existing 3G and 2G mobile technology. IMT-Advanced, known as 4.5G, is the common name of the latest mobile communication technology used in the world. This technology is mobile communication technology that provides higher speed, lower latency and higher capacity mobile internet.

Smartphone: Smart phones are associated with advanced functionalities, e.g. having a full, soft or slide-out keyboard, or advanced touch screen and internet access (e.g. iPhone). The type of mobile network supported does not seem to be the primary feature; there are apparently such on the market which are not always able to link with UMTS or 3G, 3G+ networks but 2G for internet access.

DSL/ADSL: DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) stands for technology that transports data at high speeds (i.e. equal to or higher than 144 kbit/s) over the existing copper network. DSL technology is a type of Internet connection which is significantly faster than dial-up access and therefore designated as broadband. ADSL is used DSL where more band is allocated to download than upload (Asymmetric DSL).

Satellite internet: There is no need a phone line for this connection type. This type of connection is a real broadband Internet connection. This economic and trustworthy connection serves high speed to 20Mbps, free e-mail address, FTP, static IP and institutional service.

Fibre Optic Cable: A technology which is not based on copper wire. The technology uses lasers or light emitting diodes and can provide unlimited bandwidth potential.

WiFi: Technologies in this group are all wireless technologies that provide access between fixed points (provider to the household, not within the household). Public WiFi may be accessible to anyone within a certain area. Inside building different households could connect to WiFi.

ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network): Connects the household via dial-up either through an analogue modem or ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network). Both types can be categorised as narrowband.

Smart TV: Smart TV is a television set with an operating system that allows connection to the Internet via the television and the execution of specially developed applications.

Every day or almost every day: If asked this should refer to more than 4 days each week.
At least once a week (but not every day): If asked this should refer to between 1 and 3 days
each week.
Less than once a week: Once every two or three weeks

Finding information about goods or services: Using the Internet to seek for information about any household good, for example, films, music, video-games, books, e-learning material, clothes, electronic equipment computer software or services for example banking, financial or health services. It should not include transactions, e.g. purchases of any goods or services, although one will usually look up information on a good or services before actually purchasing it. (In the former 2009 survey, two optional sub-items d1 and d2 have been added to investigate whether looking up information on products on websites have actually influenced shopping or purchases, and e-shopping and purchases over the Internet – these were not continued in 2010, 2011).

Selling goods or services e.g. via auctions: Selling goods or services on-line, e.g. via eBay website, does not require an electronic payment transaction, i.e. the transaction or ‘deal’ is done on line but the payment and/or delivery can take place off line. Putting an advertisement on a website to, for example, sell a second-hand bicycle or a spare ticket for an event, should not be included here as the transaction is in general not concluded on line in an automatic manner (but via a phone call or informal e-mail).

Internet banking: This includes electronic transactions with a bank for payment, transfers, etc. or for looking up account information. Electronic transactions for other types of financial services are not covered by this category (purchase over the Internet of shares, financial services, insurances). A simple information search on e.g. shares or financial services is of course included under section “Finding information about goods or services”.



Use of e-government module

Obtaining information from public authorities’ websites:
Includes searching to obtain any type of information from public authority web sites. Public authorities’ web sites include local or central government offering information or services.

Downloading official forms: Includes downloading official forms from public authorities' websites for any purpose of use (e.g. for information or for requesting a service). The downloaded files could be in formats such as PDF or Microsoft Word.

Sending filled in forms: Includes filled in forms sent via internet (to public authorities' websites) only. Forms downloaded, printed, filled in and sent by post should not be included in this category. The downloading or sending or transmitting filled in forms may involve the need to “sign in” at the website and provide personal details. There could be software offered by third parties which is authorised or acknowledged by public authorities and which could be used for the transmission of forms via the internet to public authorities.

e-commerce module

Purchases of financial investments, such as shares, should be included in this question. The ordering of goods and services should also include confirmed reservation for accommodation, participation in lotteries and betting and obtaining information services from the Internet that are directly paid for. Orders via manually written e-mails, SMS and MMS should – in line with past definitions, including the updated definition of OECD - not be included.

Food/Groceries: Groceries include necessities of "daily use" such as sanitary products, tobacco products, cosmetics or flowers. This category also includes drinks. Newspapers should be excluded from this category.

Household Goods: Includes e.g. furniture, toys, washing machines, micro-wave ovens, dish washers, vehicles, gardening equipment, plants, antiques, art, tools, collectibles, etc.

Medicine: Other used terms for medicine are medicaments or medication, drugs. These can include both prescribed and non-prescribed medicaments, including those containing antibiotics and other substances for which prescription is usually necessary, as well as vitamins.

Computer hardware: Includes any accessories to computer hardware, such as modem and printer.

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