Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Gaia 3.2 with Extensions API almost here...

We're pleased to announce the upcoming release of our 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 is going to be freely available.”

With Gaia 3.2 we're also releasing a suite of extensions for incident response. These extensions include tracking location with Global Positioning System (GPS), US National Grid (USNG) coordinates reference, Homeland Security Mapping Standard symbology and interoperability with the 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 contact or visit

Gaia 3.2 was built with CarbonTools PRO, an extension to the Microsoft .NET Framework that supports advanced location content handling, mapping and sharing.

- Jeff


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