Friday, January 30, 2009

New Video Tutorial Teaches Basics of Gaia Geospatial Viewer

The Carbon Project has released a multi-part video tutorial providing basic geospatial training on the free Gaia application. The video tutorial demonstrates how to use the popular Gaia 3.3 geospatial viewer - including how to access and visualize Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI).

The video series is available at

For government and corporate users unable access to YouTube at work, The Carbon Project provides a self-hosted hosted site at

Online viewers can follow along with the lessons by downloading the Gaia 3.3 application at no cost.

Hosted by Nuke Goldstein, founder of The Carbon Project and chief developer of Gaia, this tutorial offers information for newcomers and advanced users alike. In this four part series the first video lesson shows how to download and install Gaia 3.3. The second lesson walks through the basics of the Gaia user interface, notes and session saving. The third video shows how to construct a map and how to style geospatial features in order to produce more meaningful maps. The forth part of the video tutorial series dives into using OGC standards-based data and services in Gaia - from using a Geography Markup Language (GML) file to accessing a Web Map Service (WMS) and Web Feature Service (WFS) to using the Filter Builder tool for Filter Encoding (FE) support.

Gaia 3.3 is built using the latest CarbonTools PRO assemblies and is fully open-source to CarbonTools PRO developers. Gaia 3.3 also provides a robust and open API that allows programmers to develop Gaia Extenders without CarbonTools PRO. Gaia Extenders are light, easy to deploy and can enhance Gaia’s functionality for a variety of SDI and geospatial tasks.

Gaia development was sponsored by the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Cooperative Agreements Program (CAP).

- Jeff


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