Thursday, August 07, 2008

Carbon Project to Release Gaia 3.2 with Extensions API

The Carbon Project announces the upcoming release of its free Gaia software, Gaia 3.2, including an open API to allow developers to modify and enhance the application.

Developed as part of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Cooperative Agreement Program (CAP) Gaia 3.2 is a free Windows application for accessing, visualizing and sharing location content, including the latest NSDI Framework Data services.

“The new Gaia Extenders API allows programmers to develop enhancements to Gaia with or without CarbonTools PRO. Any developer can follow a simple set of API rules and drop the extension assembly in the Gaia folder. When Gaia starts it recognizes and implements the extender automatically - very cool,” says Nuke Goldstein, CTO of The Carbon Project. “A full walkthrough and reference guide will also be freely available.”

“With Gaia 3.2 we are also releasing a suite of extenders for incident response,” says Jeff Harrison, President and CEO of The Carbon Project. “These extensions include tracking location with Global Positioning System (GPS), US National Grid (USNG) coordinates reference, Homeland Security Mapping Standard symbology and interoperability with EPA Exchange Network.”

Gaia development is sponsored by the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Cooperative Agreements Program and executed in collaboration with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR), the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other organizations. The NSDI Cooperative Agreements Program was established by the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) to help form partnerships among organizations to implement the NSDI.

Gaia 3.2 beta will be available in August 2008. For more information on Gaia 3.2 or the Gaia Extenders API please visit


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