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I see you are interested in statistical research. I have put one of the most comprehensive link lists for hundreds of thousands of statistical sources and indicators on my blog: Statistics Reference List ( And what I find most fascinating is how data can be visualised nowadays with the graphical computing power of modern PCs, as in manyof the dozens of examples in these Data Visualisation References ( If you miss anything that I might be able to find for you or you yourself want to share a resource, please leave a comment.


Great summary Ray. Thanks for the laager reference, will try it out!


I've often wondered why the Australians, as a group, seem disproportionately involved in the wider market-research community. Thanks for one possible explanation.

As for 'laager mentality', here in the States we call it 'bunker mentality': "An attitude of extreme defensiveness and self-justification based on an often exaggerated sense of being under persistent attack from others." (


Thanks Ray, I shared this post on my blog too (referenced to The Futue Place ofcourse)

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I am happy for anybody to quote or use material from the blog provide they do credit the source. Except for stuff from the book which is no longer mine to give away.


Hi Ray,

You beat me to it. Awesome set of thoughts and totally agree on most counts (specially points on Community/client-owned panels). Was great seeing you in action as well. Till next time....


Thanks for the great summary Ray. I presume you don't mind if I quote you in the story I am writing about SS10 for Research News?

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