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Tarek Azzam on Free Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Tools

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Hello my name is Tarek Azzam and I am an assistant research faculty member at Claremont Graduate University. I am interested in incorporating geography into our evaluation analysis, and reporting. I’ve found many tools that can help us do this through the use of GIS enabled websites like and

Hot Tip: you can use google to create maps that help you represent the location of different program sites, within these maps you can include information about the program performance through written descriptions or by color coding the icons to indicate high or low levels of performance (e.g. red icons=poor performance, green icons=excellent performance). Google maps also provides a street view of the neighborhoods that you can use to get a sense of the community condition. Website:

Hot Tip: is a website that allows you to create interactive GIS maps with data you collect. For example, you can map changes in academic performance across various counties in a state by importing this data from an excel sheet into The GIS software will create a color coded map that shows you how different counties performed on this indicator (typically the darker the color the higher the performance). This gives you a quick visual of how the program might have influenced different geographic regions (and may drive additional inquiry). Website:

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Tarek Azzam on Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

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  • Antonio Canaviri · January 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Another useful application thta uses data and transforms it into graphs, tables and maps is DevInfo. DevInfo is a software that helps in the collection and presentation of data and is ready for downloading at


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