BSI provides a variety of research services, for both primary and
secondary data sources.
By primary source, we mean, for example, legislation, government
reports, industry research papers, etc. Newspaper reports are a
good example of a secondary source.
Our legal research department can work directly from primary sources,
such as legislation or court case verdicts. Combining specialist
linguists with experienced legal researchers, we can provide citations
and translated extracts of legislation in support of our research
We can also track, continuously, significant developments in primary
source material, such as legislative developments reported in official
governmental gazettes. We are already tracking gazettes for a number
of clients, who need to have a direct eye on the primary source
of legislative developments in their sector, in many countries and
languages around the world.
Whilst primary source research, tracking and monitoring is often
seen as superior to reliance on secondary sources, it is usually
a combination of both that yields the best result. For example,
legislative developments are often trailed well ahead of time in
the local media - a politician might drop hints, in an interview.
There are many examples where secondary source research can be every
bit as valuable as primary source reporting, and we pride ourselves
on being able to filter, corroborate and report vital information