Childhood Obesity GIS, or COGIS is not designed to replace desktop GIS. COGIS allows those without access to desktop GIS to overlay data and use GIS analytic tools on the web. COGIS enables users to generate maps without downloading any software.
Grantees with desktop GIS will see a great benefit to COGIS. Many of the datasets that RWJF grantees have an interest in have already been added to COGIS as GIS data files. The data integration work can be distributed across a collaborative, rather than requiring the time of a GIS Professional.
The COGIS interface is user friendly and comes with many tutorial, videos, and tip sheets. The COGIS grantee portfolios are designed to allow multiple users from a community to collaborate with each other and with other communities around the country. The data integration features enable users to easily incorporate local data into maps using national data. Finally, the reports feature is an easy to use tool able to create presentation quality reports that can be edited and customized with additional text, pictures, and maps.