Carbon Project Announces New Gaia Support Package in Response to OGC SDI Surge

BURLINGTON, MA, December 5, 2008 – The Carbon Project is pleased to announce an expanded level of service now available to developers and users alike. The Gaia Support Package enables customers to engage Carbon Project engineering staff to address specific extensions, changes and enhancements to its Gaia and CarbonTools products. This new support package is in response to a worldwide surge of activity in developing Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) based on Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards. To help its growing user community address new and specific needs, The Carbon Project is providing a direct channel to the developers behind its products.

“We are experiencing a significant increase in the number of opportunities around the world that utilize OGC standards,” said Jeff Harrison, President and CEO of The Carbon Project. “We realize our customers require specific enhancements to our popular geospatial products. To help Gaia and CarbonTools users succeed in a highly competitive market, we are adopting an open-door approach that allows access to our product developers.”

The Carbon Project’s Gaia geospatial viewer is built using the CarbonTools PRO toolkit and is fully open-source to CarbonTools PRO customers. Developed as part of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Cooperative Agreement Program (CAP) Gaia 3.2 provides a robust and open API that allows programmers to develop Gaia Extenders with or without a CarbonTools PRO license. The Gaia Extenders are light, easy to deploy and can alter Gaia’s functionality.

“Gaia Extenders are a testament to the open-approach we’re taking at The Carbon Project,” said Nuke Goldstein, CTO of The Carbon Project. “We are busy developing a slew of Extenders that provide new enhancements to Gaia, such as Secure SDI, Emergency Mapping Symbology, US National Grid, spatio-temporal enhancements through AIXM, and much more in response to the surge of activity in OGC SDI. The new Gaia Support Package will allow us to quickly address additional customer needs in 2009.”

The new Gaia Support Package is now available on a limited first come first served basis. Gaia is freely available at

CarbonTools PRO with Gaia source code is available under a per developer license that has no limits, royalties, restrictions or fees on deploying applications - ever.

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About The Carbon Project

The Carbon Project is an innovative, high-energy software and technology company specializing in mapping and Geosocial Networking™. The Carbon Project serves professionals, software developers, government agencies and businesses that develop mapping solutions or use geospatial data. The Carbon Project also provides geographically enabled social networking solutions for distributing real-time digital news, video content and geographically targeted marketing. Headquartered in Burlington, MA with offices in Alexandria, VA, The Carbon Project is a privately owned company backed by individual investors. For more information please visit:

The Carbon Project, The Carbon Portal, Geosocial Networking, Gaia and CarbonTools are trademarks or registered trademarks of Carbon Project, Inc. Other trademarks are the property of their owners.

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