AIRO adds a mapping tool for housing data in the Dublin region to its series of interactive mapping tools for all local and regional authorities in Ireland.

We have previously highlighted the interactive mapping tools for all local and regional authorities in Ireland developed by the All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO). AIRO undertakes academic and applied mapping research and produces spatial datasets and specialist tools.

Earlier this year AIRO launched a free-to-use, online monitoring tool that maps housing data for the Dublin region. The interactive mapping tool allows users to examine and interrogate the geography of Dublin’s housing. It includes over 700 maps revealing changes in the spatial patterns of all private and social housing tenures, including information relating to household composition and state housing supports to private renters.

Councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh says mapping housing data is extremely useful for the future planning and distribution of housing in Dublin and to support the decision making of central government and the local authorities to meet the scale of housing need. This in turn will ensure good quality, accessible and affordable public housing in the Dublin region.

The development of the monitoring tool is based on the housing data available from the 2011 Census at Electoral District and Small Area levels and selected census datasets from 2006, 2002 and 1991. It is accompanied by rent supplement recipient datasets from Department of Social Protection. Future modules currently under development will include additional local authority housing related data for the Dublin region, for example in relation to housing standards and local authority mortgages.

The AIRO website has grown to become an excellent resource for planning and policy making. Justin Gleeson, Director of AIRO, Maynooth University is delighted to get this toolkit up and running and is looking forward to a continuing relationship with Dublin City Council. “This is the first step on a very exciting project and it is an initiative that is easily transferable to the rest of the country,” he says.

Using interactive mapping for Costa Rica’s National Institute of Statistics and Census Food Safety Indicator System

InstantAtlas in action

Costa Rica’s National Institute of Statistics and Census collects, compiles and presents a large amount of information across a range of areas including: population and demographics, employment, agriculture, housing and the environment. INEC started using InstantAtlas from 2013 for the National Nutritional Surveillance and Information System (SINSAN). We spoke to Freddy Bolaños Ramírez, Technical and Information Systems Unit at INEC to find out more.

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Census Profiles for Small Communities

The release of Census data this year, has presented many opportunities to package and present the data in a meaningful way to a number of different audiences. One of these audiences is community and voluntary groups who use Nottingham Insight to evidence their funding bids. As competition for funding increases preparing well-researched and succinct bids has become essential. The Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service (NCVS) holds regular workshops showing these groups how to use the Nottingham Insight and navigate their way to a bespoke area created for this purpose. This is the Community and Voluntary Sector hub.

One way we have packaged the data here is to create small area profiles. This group of users do not work with official boundaries i.e. ward or Census boundaries. They are community focused and want to know what is happening in a small defined community area.

We loaded data at Output Area for Nottinghamshire, using the data packs supplied by OCSI (we had previously only loaded in data to Super Output Area, however after some testing decided this would be a good step forward). There are 3,609 Output Areas in Nottinghamshire. The Census community boundaries were agreed by various partners and are an amalgamation of whole and partial Output Areas.

The profiles provide a snapshot of each small community, enabling comparisons to be made against the district, region and at a national level. Users can easily extract data they require to support their funding application, highlight areas of deprivation and determine their target audience.

The profiles have being well-received and the model can now be replicated in other teams’ areas. For example, our Housing section has asked us to provide Census profiles for their letting areas. The setting up of the profiles in this way has potentially saved many hours of work by officers in calculating Census data for these smaller areas.

Please click here to open an example of a Census community profile.

This posting was written by Wendy Conibear, Information Analyst in the GIS, Data & Information Team (Development Department) at Nottingham City Council

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