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CHARACTERISTIC: ICT INFRASTRUCTURE AND ACCESS
INTERNET WORKSTATIONS AVAILABLE(a) IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Sources: ABS Public Libraries, Australia, 1999–2000 (cat. no. 8561.0); ABS Libraries and Museums, Australia, 1996–1997 (cat. no. 8649.0).
ADULT ACCESS TO THE INTERNET BYSITE(a)
Source: ABS Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2000 (cat. no. 8146.0).
Data on Internet workstations are from ABS surveys of libraries conducted in respect of 1996–97 and 1999–2000.
Data on Internet access via public libraries are from the ABS Household Use of Information Technology Survey which was conducted as part of the ABS Population Survey Monitor until 2000. Information presented here is based on an average over the four quarterly surveys conducted in each year.
Later data on this topic will be available from the same publication (cat. no. 8146.0) but are collected via different survey vehicles (the 2001 Survey of Education, Training and Information Technology and the 2002 General Social Survey).
Indicator originally proposed in Framework
This indicator combines two indicators proposed in the ABS Discussion Paper Measuring a knowledge-based economy and society, An Australian Framework (cat. no. 1375.0). They are: Access to the Internet via public libraries, proportion of individuals accessing the Internet and Public libraries offering technology facilities. The latter has been slightly amended to refer to Internet workstations in public libraries.
A world-wide collection of computers which are linked together to form a repository of stored information and to provide a range of communication services. These services include, but are not limited to, the World Wide Web (WWW), email and extranet.