Locus Insight produces in-depth report on Dublin’s residential property market



coverFor a country so infatuated with property ownership and where not so long ago a bizarre property bubble tipped the country into a dismal recession, Ireland has surprisingly little hard information about the state of the market.

Making sense of the data that is available is complicated by the fact that the country does not have a postcode system which would allow for simple geographic analysis.

Locus Insight decided to take on the challenge of developing a micro-area analysis of the Dublin market which is by far the most important residential region in the country.

This involved creating the first ever map of district boundaries for the city and county. This was done using Mapinfo GIS and the OpenStreetMap data set. Next task was to develop an algorithm for assigning addresses in the raw data file of the national Property Price Register  to districts. Then we were able to apply statistical analyses of the data using the “R” stats package.

The end result of all of this work is neatly packaged in a report covering four years of data. The report is available at our sister site:

Distribution of house price bands Dublin, 2013

Distribution of house price bands Dublin, 2013






Locus Insight on The Moscow Times

A recent project involved researching and mapping the comparison between language and ethnicity in the countries on Russia’s western border. The results give an insight into how Russia has used language as a justification for its actions in Ukraine. The two maps highlight regions that could become targets for further Russian expansionism. Read the op-ed on the Moscow Times here…

Moscow’s False Rationale to Save Russian Speakers


Click a map to expand:

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Changing Places – Population Movement in England and Wales, 2012

We have been playing around with innovative ways of visualizing migration data  and have developed an animated, interactive approach to viewing two-way movement.

Here the technique is used to give insight into internal migration in England and Wales. Each year approximately 1.7 million residents move between counties. This data is published as a very complex tabular form that is difficult to extract information from. In this map the data and a sense of the patterns of movement is provided in a really engaging format.


It’s featured on The Guardian Data Store

Data Visualization

This brief video aims to explain the benefits of using interactive data visualization for businesses, online news sites and research reporting.
We put it together as a response to people who say that interactive data visualization is a “nice to have” rather than seeing it as a vital means of effectively communicating with a public who have come to expect interactivity on the web and are unlikely to hit the download button to read a pdf. report and look at static charts.

Trying Crime: Visualising sentencing data in the Irish courts – 2011

The apparent lack of consistency in sentencing for crimes is the subject of much debate in Ireland.

This simple but data-rich visualisation provides an interactive insight into the data published by the Irish Courts Service for the Circuit and District Courts in 2011.

It presents insights into the type and duration of sentence handed down for different categories of crime in that year. For example, it shows that while just 4% of sexual offences tried in the District Courts resulted in imprisonment or detention, 19% of thefts resulted in prison sentences.Follow this link to explore the data

Locus Insight working in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration

Locus Insight working in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration

As a large and globally dispersed organisation, keeping track of migration statistics and communicating the data in an accessible format is a big challenge for the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Locus Insight has been working with IOM to develop an innovative solution to this communication challenge. Our world migration tracker ‘Where We’re From’ presents the big picture of the world’s 215 million migrants in an engaging and informative interactive format. We’re already getting some great feedback from around the world via twitter. Here’s a sample:
‘Brilliant – simple and informative’
‘Una visualización de datos increíble con datos de migración’
‘Excelente mapa de migraciones!’
‘el mapa mundial de la inmigración. fantástico.’

It is released today on the IOM newsletter and will be featured on the IOM main website around International Migrants Day , December 18th 2012.
Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM’s programme budget for 2011 exceeded USD 1.3 billion, funding over 2,700 active programmes and more than 7,800 staff members serving in more than 450 field offices in more than a hundred countries.

Locus Insight Interactive Budget Graphic published on

Locus Insight Interactive Budget Graphic published on

This interactive graphic provides rapid access to the changes in budget allocations to public services in Ireland. As the Irish Government seeks to cut a further €3.5billion from the public expenditure bill this engaging tool shows where the cuts are being made. The graphic will be updated with the new figures as the budget details are revealed.
Publishing this type of interactive graphic is an innovative step for the Irish Times. At Locus Insight we were delighted to work with Ireland’s leading online news site to break new ground in presenting complex data in a clear and accessible format.
Check it out at

Visualizing the network of world merchandise trade

Visualizing the network of world merchandise trade

Grasping the dynamics of world trade from tabular data is difficult. When around $18 trillion worth of merchandise is moving between economies in a single year, it can all get just a bit too confusing.  With the aim of clarifying the strength of trade links between the major world regions, and the changing relationships over time, the Locus Insight team has built an innovative viewer for global merchandise trading relationships. The dynamic chart shows the value of trade between the major world regions for the three years 2008 to 2010. The chart is built using the brilliant open source D3.js library.(

This is a proof of concept project demonstrating the potential for this type of interactive chart as a tool for communicating complex trade data to a public audience with a growing appetite for engaging and informative data visualizations.


Given the necessary time and resources we will build on this platform to develop a rich information portal enabling drill-down to country level and providing an analysis of trade by product category.

Locus Insight Interactive EU Bond Yield Chart

Until the onset of the European economic crisis long term government bond yields were given scant attention by the public. Now the interest rates on these bonds have become a weather-vane for the status of the national economies and there is keen interest in tracking their movements.

The monthly average yields are reported by the European Central Bank and are also listed on Eurostat. The information is presented in tabular format and takes a bit of scanning to get the overall picture of the historic movement and current status.

The Locus Insight interactive EU bond yield chart presents this information in a handy interactive timeline format.Image

This type of interactive timeline is useful for reporting many types of historic data. A large volume of data can be accessed through a single interface. The chart is designed to be intuitive to use and simple to interpret.

Locus Insight can design and implement custom charts of this type to suit any data set and help you to improve your communication of complex information. Let us know your requirements through the contact form on

Data source: European Central Bank