UK Data Service data catalogue record for:

Home OnLine, 1998-2001

Title details

SN: 4607
Title: Home OnLine, 1998-2001
Alternative title: HoL
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-4607-1
Depositor: University of Essex. Chimera Institute for Socio-Technical Innovation and Research
Principal investigator(s): Brynin, M., University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research
Data collector(s): NOP Research Group
Sponsor(s): British Telecommunications plc


The citation for this study is:

Brynin, M. (2002). Home OnLine, 1998-2001. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 4607,

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Subject Categories

Information technology - Media, communication and language
Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture
Time use - Society and culture


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

The Home Online, 1998-2001 (HoL) data derive from a household panel survey conducted over three annual waves. The main focus of the research was to gather household and individual information and examine information and communications technology (ICT) access and behaviour.

Methodology from the HoL dataset was also used for a later British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) (held at the UK Data Archive (UKDA) under GN 33196) derived dataset, British Household Panel Survey Calibrated Time Use Data, 1994-2004, (held under SN 5363).

Main Topics:
Most of the non-ICT questions were derived from the BHPS, and covered topics such as housing, social life, leisure time activities, computer use, employment, telephone use, internet use and demographic characteristics. Respondents also completed a time-budget diary covering one week.

Standard Measures
Hope-Goldthorpe Scale; various Likert scales; Market Research Society social class.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: 1998 - 2001
Country: Great Britain
Spatial units: Standard Statistical Regions
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
All individuals aged 16 years and above in the households sampled, resident in Great Britain during 1998-2001. Children aged 9-15 in the households also completed diaries.
Time dimensions: Longitudinal/panel/cohort
the survey included three waves.
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
included oversampling of households in Wave 1 with computers.
Number of units: 1753 (target) 999 (obtained) Households in Wave 1
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Telephone interview; Diaries
Weighting: No information recorded

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 06 December 2002
Copyright: Copyright British Telecommunications plc
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Title File Name Size (KB)
User Guide Volume 1: Questionnaires and Diaries a4607uab.pdf 536
User Guide Volume 2: Variables and Data Information a4607ubb.pdf 444
Index for User Guides in4607.pdf 9
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_4607_Information.htm 15
READ File read4607.txt 2
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Resulting from secondary analysis:
Birke, D. and Swann, G. M. P. (2006) 'Network effects and the choice of mobile phone operator', Journal of Evolutionary Economics, 16(1-2), pp.65-84.


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