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Gateways and Portals

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Government Documents Archive This article provides links to a variety of resources for researching public documents and statistical records for various branches of the United States government.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Governments on the WWW This database includes links to official statistical institutions.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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International Data Base This service, maintained by the United States Bureau of the Census, provides access to a databank of demographic and socio-economic statistical tables for 227 countries and areas.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Nationmaster NationMaster is a vast compilation of statistical data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD and offers a user friendly means of graphically comparing nations.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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OFFSTATS: Official Statistics on the Web Country lists give links to Web pages provided by statistical offices, central banks and government departments, whereas the regions and topics lists are comprised of links to the statistics pages of inter-governmental organisations.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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International Organisations

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African Development Bank Open Data Statistical data for all 54 African countries are available free. In addition to social and economic statistics, data on key development topics such as climate change, food security, infrastructure, and gender equality can be accessed by researchers, analysts and policymakers worldwide.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Eurostat European indicators, press releases and a catalogue of Eurostat publications can be viewed online
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Food and Agriculture Organization The site gives access to statistical databases, an online documents repository, the Library catalogue and a catalogue of its sales oublicatioins.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • FAOSTAT - databases of food and agricultures.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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International Labour Organization Free access to a range of databases covering Labour Administration, Labour Legislation, Labour Statistics, Vocational Training and Country Information.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Laborsta - Provides access to the Laborsta searchable database of labour statistics.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Social Security Statistical Databases - Description: Comprises the Social Security Programmes and Mechanisms database which presents systems worldwide and the Social Security Expenditure database.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) e-Library Provides direct online access to full text periodicals, books, working papers and studies published by the IMF.
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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  • IMF Data Explorer provides access to a wide variety of international financial and economic statistical Information including; International Finance Statistics (IFS), Balance of Payments Statistics (BOP), Direction of Trade Statistics (DTS) and Government Finance Statistics (GFS)
    This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development This site is freely available on the Internet. Online resource
  • Statistics - This site provides links by subject to bibliographic descriptions of the OECD's statistical publications. Free access to some frequently requested data is available.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • OECD iLibrary - The statistics pages provide access to statistical datasets and the full text of OECD statistical publications from 1998 onwards.
  • This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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UNESCO The UNESCO Institute for Statistics site provides access to recent statistics on education, literacy, culture and communication, science and technology, including selected tables from the most recent edition of the UNESCO Statistical Yearbook. The Education Database contains data on education between 1970 and 1997 searchable by subject, region, country and year.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Data Centre
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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UNICEF This site provides access to basic indicators for individual countries and to the Childinfo databases, which contain detailed country-specific information on progress since the World Summit for Children in 1990.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Childinfo
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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United Nations The UN Statistics Division site provides access to a range of international and comparative statistics and statistical indicators, plus a useful list of links to statistical information sources about particular countries and to other UN statistical programmes.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Millennium Indicators - 48 indicators to measure progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development goals.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Social Indicators - Indicators of population, housing, health, education, income and unemployment.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • United Nations Demographic Yearbook: Historical Supplement - Compilation of international demographic statistics prepared by the Statistics Division of the United Nations and providing information on 229 countries and areas of the world. Includes times series of population size, age, sex and urban/ rural residence, natality, mortality and nuptiality as well as selected derived measures concerning these components of population change. (1948-)
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees This site provides access to statistical information on refugees and asylum.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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United Nations Population Information Network This site provides access to demographic data, including population projections.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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World Bank Information on the Bank’s research, policies and programmes in areas ranging from pensions to climate change, including many full text documents. Includes statistical data by country.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Global Economic Monitor - GEM provides daily updates of global economic developments, with coverage of high income- as well as developing countries. Daily data is provided for exchange rates, equity markets, interest rates, stripped bond spreads, commodity prices and emerging market bond indices. Monthly data coverage is provided for consumer prices, high-tech market indicators, industrial production and merchandise trade, etc. Quarterly data is available for GDP, current account balances, and budget balances. All data sets are updated each weekday to capture the latest available observations
    This site is freely available on the Internet
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  • World Bank Data - A one-stop-shop offering free access to a range of datasets including Global Development Finance, World Development Indicators, African Development Indicators, Education Statistics, Health Nutrition and Population Statistics, Millennium Development Indicators.
    This site is freely available on the Internet
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  • World Bank E-library - an online, fully cross-searchable portal of over 4,000 World Bank documents. The collection consists of over 1,600 World Bank publications and over 2,400 Policy Research Working Papers.
    This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room. Access is password protected; please ask enquiry desk staff to log you in
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World Health Organization This site Health and health-related epidemiological and statistical information.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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UK Government Sites

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Audit Commission This site includes local authority performance indicators and comprehensive performance assessments.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Care Quality Commission Site offers annual performance assessment data on statutory social services and NHS trusts, and statistics on registered social care providers.
This site is freely available on the Internet
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Communities and Local Government The Department covers building regulations, housing, homelessness, planning, sustainable communities, urban and regional policy, fire and resilience, and local government
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Statistics
    Provides links to statistics under each of the policy areas of the site
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Data.gov.uk Data.gov.uk seeks to provide a way in to a wealth of UK government data and to facilitate re-use. Access to nearly 3,000 datasets, and rising.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Defence Analytical Services Agency DASA is responsible for producing all UK national statistics on defence
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. BIS also protects consumers and reduces the impact of regulation.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Statistics
    The BIS statistics home page provides links to sources of statistical information on UK competitiveness, the construction industry, insolvency, regional and national economic performance, trade union membership, and higher and further education and skills. There is a handy link to all BIS national statistical releases
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Department for Education This site is freely available on the Internet. Online resource
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  • Statistics
    Provides access to data on children’s social services and childcare as well as education spending, schools, pre-schools and teachers, post-16 learning, attainment, outcomes and destinations, and employability.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs This site is freely available on the Internet. Online resource
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Department for International Development The Department for International Development (DFID) is the part of the UK Government that manages Britain's aid to poor countries and works to get rid of extreme poverty.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Statistics
    Publications available in full text on this site include recent editions of the annual Statistics on International Development.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Department for Transport The Department for Transport's objective is to oversee the delivery of a reliable, safe and secure transport system that responds efficiently to the needs of individuals and business whilst safeguarding our environment
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Statistics
    This site provides statistical data on all aspects of road, rail, air and sea transport.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Department for Work and Pensions The Department for Work and Pensions administers the social security system.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Statistics.
    DWP publishes statistics on employment programmes, household income, benefits, and pensions. A Tabulation Tool allows users to download and manipulate national statistics as required. You can also visualise and customise DWP data using animated charts presented through Google’s Public Data Explorer tool.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Department of Energy and Climate Change The Department was created in 2008 to bring together energy policy and climate change mitigation policy.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Statistics
    In this section you will find DECC's statistical information on energy, climate change, fuel poverty, coal health and fuel mix disclosure
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Department of Health The central government department responsible for running the NHS.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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General Register Office for Scotland This site provides access to the results of Census 2001 online and a range of other demographic statistics.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Health and Safety Executive The Executive's mission is to protect people's health and safety by ensuring risks in the changing workplace are properly controlled. The web site includes information leaflets, full text of journal titles and research reports.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Statistics. This page provides access to statistics on work-related ill-health, injuries, dangerous occurrences, enforcement and gas safety produced by HSE's Statistics Branch
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Health Protection Scotland Health Protection Scotland (HPS) was established by the Scottish Executive to strengthen and co-ordinate health protection in Scotland. Provides statistical data on prevalence of communicable diseases, and guidance on combating them
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Higher Education Statistics Agency This site contains a publications list, selected free online tables, details of the Agency's information provision service, and a link to the HESA Higher Education Information Database for Institutions (HEIDI).
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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HISTPOP This collection provides online access to the complete British population reports for Britain and Ireland from 1801 to 1937. These 200,000 pages of census and registration material for the British Isles are supported by numerous ancillary documents from The National Archives, critical essays and transcriptions of important legislation which provide an aid to understanding the context, content and creation of the collection.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Home Office The Home Office leads on immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime policy and counter-terrorism and works to ensure visible, responsive and accountable policing in the UK.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Research at Home Office Research and analysis covers the following areas: alcohol, crime, counter terrorism, drugs, crime, migration and policing.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Statistics at Home Office Publishes statistics in the form of commentary, tables and data on alcohol licensing, animals in science, crime, counter terrorism, drug use, migration and policing.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Information Centre for Health and Social Care Disseminates statistics on ambulance services, primary and hospital care, national clinical audits of heart disease, cancer and diabetes, NHS complaints, the Quality and Outcomes Framework for GPs, mental health, public health issues and healthy lifestyles, breast and cervical screening, the NHs workforce, and delivery of adult social care.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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ISD Scotland ISD Scotland provides access to data and the full text of statistical publications on a wide range of health topics.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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London Health Observatory Provides information that policy makers and practitioners need to improve health and health care. The LHO takes the national lead in monitoring health inequalities, ethnicity and health and tobacco.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Ministry of Justice The Ministry of Justice is responsible for the courts, prisons, probation, criminal law and sentencing. It was created on 9 May 2007.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Statistics
    Publishes a range of statistics relating to the operation of the criminal and civil justice systems, prisons, re-offending and youth justice.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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National Statistics This is the official UK statistics site. It is organised around twelve themes, each reflecting a major area of national life, e.g. Crime and Justice, or The Economy. It also offers access to the full text of Press Releases, major statistical publications and datasets, information from the Census, latest economic indicators and Neighbourhood Statistics. The home page includes the option to search the site for data relating to particular topics.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Census
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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NHS England NHS England will play a key role in the Government’s vision to modernise the health service with the key aim of securing the best possible health outcomes for patients by prioritising them in every decision it makes. Formerly established as the NHS Commissioning Board on 1 October 2012, NHS England an independent body, at arm’s length to the Government. Site offers policy and guidance for the new NHS bodies created in April 2013.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Statistics
    NHS England publishes statistics on a range of health and care subjects, including waiting times, ambulance services, bed availability and occupancy, cancelled operations, delayed transfers of care, diagnostic imaging dataset, general practice patient survey, integrated performance measures monitoring, mental health community teams activity, mixed sex accommodation breaches, NHS 111 dataset, Winter pressures and dental commissioning.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency NISRA is Northern Ireland's official statistics organisation and this site contains a wide range of statistics. The database is searchable by keyword and most of the publications are available in full text. The site also provides links to sites containing Departmental statistics.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Public Health England Agency responsible for protecting the nation's health and wellbeing, and reducing health inequalities.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Data and knowledge gateway
    A single point of access to data and analysis tools from across Public Health England. The resources help local government and health service professionals make decisions and plans to improve people's health and reduce inequalities in their area. They can be used by anyone with an interest in understanding the health of the population and how it varies across the country.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Revenue and Customs HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) was formed on the 18 April 2005, following the merger of Inland Revenue and HM Customs and Excise Departments. It ensures the correct tax is paid at the right time, whether this relates to payment of taxes received by the department or entitlement to benefits paid.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • National Statistics - This site provides access to a wide range of statistics about the taxes administered by the HM Revenue and Customs
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Scottish Government Statistics This site provides access to statistical publications and datasets on a wide range of topics by means of thematic headings or keyword searches.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Statistical Directorate, Welsh Assembly Government This site provides access to the full text of a wide range of statistical publications by means of a topic index.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Treasury The Treasury is the United Kingdom's economics and finance ministry. It is responsible for formulating and implementing the Government's financial and economic policy. Its aim is to raise the rate of sustainable growth, and achieve rising prosperity and a better quality of life with economic and employment opportunities for all.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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  • Economic Data and Tools
    The Economic Data and Tools page provides links to latest economic indicators, the public finances databank and public spending statistics.
    This site is freely available on the Internet.
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UK National Statistics Publications Hub Indexes and links to UK statistics by producer name, theme and region. Also offers a release calendar and search facility.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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US and Russian Government Sources

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Data.gov Data.gov provides access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the US Federal Government.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Fedstat This site provides a comprehensive listing of the statistical programmes of over 100 US federal government agencies.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Integrum World Wide An integrated database that includes CIS and Russian central and regional newspapers, journals and magazines, Russian and foreign Information agencies, Internet media, TV and radio, statistics, directories, legislation, official publications, business information, production catalogues, Who is Who, etc. The database also includes a full text collection of literary texts (Russian and world literature in translation).
This is a subscription based resource and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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Russia/NIS Statistical Databases Online Russian and CIS statistical publications (Eastview).
This is a subscription based service and can only be accessed from the reading room.
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Statistical Abstract of the United States Current and recent editions of the annual compilation of social and economic statistics are available on this site in full text in pdf format.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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United States. Bureau of the Census. International Data Base This is a databank of demographic and socioeconomic statistical tables for 227 countries and areas.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Other Organisation Sites

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Charity Trends Provides free access to charity statistical data using sources supplied monthly by the Charity Commission. Covers all registered charities in England and Wales.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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Radical Statistics Group This site provides information about the Group's activities and publications, a link to the full text of the Group's journal Radical Statistics, and news about recent developments in the field of social statistics.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
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