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The paper notes that new and large data sources, especially digi= tal data extracted from the Internet, are cheap, fast, often internationally-focused and c= an be specifically directed towards the needs of clients. Users can t= herefore be expected to begin asking legitimate questions, the authors warn= , about whether and why they should rely on official statistics when these = competing sources are faster. There may well be a trade-off between a= ccuracy and timeliness, but both are aspects of quality so we cannot say th= at more accurate but less rapidly-produced official statistics are nece= ssarily better quality than faster, less accurate statistics from comp= eting sources. In the face of this competition, will official statist= ics become redundant?
What can -- or sh= ould -- NSOs do about such competition?
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