Datasets and Archives
We have developed and analyzed several datasets, including a collection of gini coefficients for measuring technology diffusion around the world. In addition, we have two original archives that we make available to other researcher: the first is a collection of grey literature and policy documents about information technology diffusion in developing countries; the second is an archive of data and observations about broadband infrastructure and public funding for technology diffusion.
ICT4D Collection: This is a database of grey literature about how information and communication technologies are being used to solve social problems in developing countries. Grey literature includes government policy papers, project reports, academic research, working papers, pre-prints, committee proceedings, scientific and technical documentation, and feature news articles, that are not easily accessible through the usual bibliographic sources. The archive includes items dating from 1992 to the present. This archive is for the use of the research community working on global development and ICT policy and the digital divide. Anyone may search the archive, and to download items from the archive we ask that you register and set a password. Begin Search >>
USF Database: This is a database that combines facts about technology diffusion with interpretive policy analysis about universal service and broadband ICT programs. It is an assembly of information about the size of public funding for infrastructure, observable impacts, and development trends. Begin Search >>
Howard, Philip N., Laura Busch, and Spencer Cohen. “Information and Communication Technology Diffusion and Distribution Dataset.” World Information Access Project, 2008.
Howard, Philip N., and Nimah Mazaheri. “Telecommunications Reform, Internet Use and Mobile Phone Adoption in the Developing World.” World Development 37, no. 7 (2009): 1159-1169.
Howard, Philip, Laura Busch, Dawn Nafus, and Ken Anderson. “Sizing up Information Societies—Towards a Better Metric for the Cultures of ICT Adoption.” The Information Society 25, no. 3 (2009): 208-219.