ITU and OECD advance digital tools for knowledge sharing: The ITU iLibrary

ITU and OECD advance digital tools for knowledge sharing: The ITU iLibrary

By ITU News

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have announced an upgraded version of the digital platform for cutting-edge analysis of the telecoms industry – the ITU iLibrary.

OECD is one of the world’s largest publishers in the fields of economics and public policy and has a great deal of experience in disseminating digital publications globally.  OECD has developed a number of its online distribution channels including the Online Publishing Service, called the OECD iLibrary, which is designed primarily for institutional subscriptions. ITU was one of the first UN agencies that entered into an iLibrary partnership with OECD.

The iLibrary is a powerful research tool for people working at academic institutions, in the private sector and at governmental or non-governmental organizations.  Users can search and directly access chapters, articles, books, tables and databases which are available in different formats – PDF, XLS, Web (HTML), DATA READ, ePUB, CSV and languages.

Those interested should visit to discover the range of available content.

Key ITU publications from the past year include: Global ICT Regulatory Outlook 2017 – the key resource for ICT policy and regulation; Global Cybersecurity Index 2017 – ITU’s annual ranking of Cybersecurity preparedness; and Measuring the Information Society Report 2017 – key statistics on the digital divide within countries and worldwide.

For an enhanced experience, a subscription is needed. The iLibrary subscription service for institutions provides convenient access via their IP authentication and/or username/password. Contact for more information.

Streamlining access to ITU’s Publications

The ITU, as the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), acts as a global forum through which countries, private-sector entities and academic institutions work towards consensus on a wide range of issues affecting the future direction of the ICT industry.

“Policymakers, academics, companies and other ICT stakeholders around the globe will greatly benefit from the new ITU iLibrary digital platform, as it provides them with access to the widest breadth and depth of ICT related data and reporting – through a single source,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

“This new tool is a very valuable resource to those within the ICT sector whether they are interested in policy, standards, trends or other key aspects of the sector.” — Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General

The iLibrary platform now used for ITU publications has a number of key benefits including:

  • Streamlined content discovery features supplemented by advanced search functionality
  • All ITU publications and indicators dating back to 1975
  • The 2017 world telecommunication/ICT indicators database
  • Ability to create a personalised profile that allows users to save content and read it later
  • Plus, much more as new titles are being added regularly

For more information, visit the ITU iLibrary here.

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