FIS Online

Define economic connections between people, businesses, and cities using functional maps. Work with a new suite of analysis tools. Bring meaning to your economic and business data.

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location Based Tools

Analyze economic data like never before.

A new class of location-based tools and data analytics that map businesses, products, and jobs based on their functional location in an economy.

 Every agent in the economy has a location in the economy based on the function of their products. Agents with similar products are closer together in functional space, and agents that share certain attributes are closer together in a dimension of functional space. By assigning functional locations to companies, organizations, and jobs, Locus’ suite of products enable location-based analytics for your financial products, workforce development, and economic data.






Underlying technology

The Locus Classification System

The Locus Classification System powers and connects data across FIS online.

It is based on a new theoretical framework for understanding economic activity. This framework is used to analyze the composition of cities, industries, and companies. As a scalable classification system, LCS uses function to link disparate datasets using a controlled vocabulary associated to fixed functional locations. Such a flexible classification system enables longitudinal analysis across differing contexts.


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Syntax RBR Tool

Enables financial analysts to inspect their portfolios based on the related business risks. Identify shared functional attributes that are inherited from common product lines, highlighting exposures to specific risks in financial products.

Policy Makers 

Creating data-driven policy that builds industry, employment, and community

FIS allows policymakers to navigate business, employment, and educational data to find and connect with peers, evaluate policies, and uncover regional, global, and national trends that are affecting their constituents.


FIS for Economics

FIS powers a new class of relational tools that enable users to stitch together, visualize, and analyze information across different types of economic activity using functional attributes as the reference variables. It provides policymakers, asset managers, and even job seekers an entirely new platform for economic inquiry, data analytics, and functional intelligence.


Explore economic data in a new way is the entrance to a new world of economic exploration to interact, visualize, and study economic activity.  A SaaS visualization tool, connects geographic maps with visualizations of functional data to compare commercial compositions across different communities and allow users to identify unique typologies of economic communities.

Our Partners

At Locus we work closely with our partners to develop specific solutions to fulfill their technological and data needs. At the basis of our work is the Locus Model and the use of functional location analytics.

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Proximity search and navigation for functional information systems


White Papers

Locus Theory Textbook: The Locus Model and associated theory are recorded in a textbook. The third edition is still being revised, but you can download the first two chapters of the book.

Locus Complexity Analysis: The Locus proprietary technology improves and expands upon Economic Complexity analysis, contextualizing the complexity of an economic region through meaningful Locus Functional Categories. Locus has adapted the existing method to create the Locus Complexity Index, which has the potential to aid targeted impact investing by better predicting social impact. Sign up to download initial results.