In this regular look at the importance having access to effective tools in the challenging process of researching, analyzing and strategizing identities, we are directing readers to the Human Relations Area Files Database.

e-HRAF is an online database of contemporary and historic ethnographic information on hundreds of societies around the world. A great place to start when building up an identity profile or background of a particular population.

In addition, through the ease of access to a large well-sorted and edited collection of historical ethnography, the identity researcher/strategist can compare the past with the present, and evaluate whether older forgotten cultural concepts have the potential to be reintroduced into a present day population in order to achieve a variety of cohesion building initiatives.