The Digital Knowledge Economy Index: Mapping Content Production

Sanna Ojanperä, Mark Graham, Matthew Zook

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We propose the construction of a Digital Knowledge Economy Index, quantified by way of measuring content creation and participation through digital platforms, namely the code sharing platform GitHub, the crowdsourced encyclopaedia Wikipedia, and Internet domain registrations and estimating a fifth sub-index for the World Bank Knowledge Economy Index for year 2012. This approach complements conventional data sources such as national statistics and expert surveys and helps reflect the underlying digital content creation, capacities, and skills of the population. An index that combines traditional and novel data sources can provide a more revealing view of the status of the world’s digital knowledge economy and highlight where the (un)availability of digital resources may actually reinforce inequalities in the age of data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2626-2643
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2 2019

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Funding Information:
The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP/2007–2013) [grant number 335716] and The Alan Turing Institute [grant number TU/C/000020]. The authors are highly indebted to the editor, two anonymous reviewers, and the participants of the Fifth International Monetary Fund Statistical Forum for their generous and constructive comments. The data and code used in this article can be obtained by contacting the authors.

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© 2019, © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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