Monday, August 18, 2008

The Carbon Project Selected for US, Canada Cross-Border Initiative

The Carbon Project is pleased to announce it has been selected by the 2008 National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Cooperative Agreement Program (CAP) for a joint Canadian-United States cross-border initiative. The project will deliver the foundations of an online mapping environment that can help identify critical infrastructure during emergencies.

At 5,500 miles, the United States and Canada share the world's longest common border and identifying critical infrastructures is a vital function for organizations in the cross-border region.

This project brings together a collaborative group committed to joint US-Canadian Spatial Data Infrastructure including: the Montana Department of Administration; the Centre for Topographic Information, Natural Resources Canada; Canada's Department of National Defense; United States Federal Government partners, and industry partners CubeWerx, L-3 Communications GS&ES and The Carbon Project.

Both CubeWerx and The Carbon Project are leaders on this project.

The project team will deploy online mapping services based on Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC) Web Feature Service (WFS), Filter and GML standards and CubeWerx software. The new mapping services will be located in Montana and Quebec. The project will also initiate work that begins integrating critical infrastructure data models used by Montana with the National Infrastructure Data Models (NIDM) from Canada and the DHS Geospatial Data Model.

Cross-border users will be able to access the two data services across the U.S.-Canada border, navigate through its content, and identify/ access critical infrastructure data through CarbonArc PRO, an SDI interoperability extension for ESRI's ArcGIS from The Carbon Project and CubeWerx Web server products.

The NSDI CAP was established by the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) to help form partnerships to implement the NSDI. The United States NSDI includes the technology, policies, criteria, standards and people to promote geospatial information sharing throughout all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors, and academia. GeoConnections is the Canadian organization coordinating the implementation of this project for the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI).

For more information or to learn how cross-border organizations can participate, please contact

- Jeff


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