LizardTech Becomes Associate Sponsor of Open Source Geospatial Foundation

Seattle, Wash. — January 16, 2007 — LizardTech, a division of Celartem, Inc., and a leading provider of software solutions for managing and distributing digital content, today announced its role as an associate sponsor of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo).

LizardTech has been a continual supporter of open standard initiatives such as JPEG 2000 and GML, and by becoming an associate sponsor of OSGeo, the company is demonstrating its commitment to supporting the open source community now and into the future.  LizardTech uses a number of OSGeo’s open source projects, such as the Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL), to help build its expanding line of geospatial products. In addition, LizardTech’s engineering manager, Michael P. Gerlek, is a founding member and vice president of OSGeo.

“LizardTech recognizes the importance that open source plays in furthering the ecosystem of software products in general and GIS software in particular,” said Jon Skiffington, LizardTech’s product manager for geospatial imaging. “We are committed to open standards and look forward to working more closely with OSGeo to help support and promote the open source community.”

“We are thrilled to have LizardTech support us in our efforts to promote the collaborative development of geospatial technologies and data,” said Tyler Mitchell, Executive Director of OSGeo. “We are fortunate to have the commitment of LizardTech’s own Michael P. Gerlek as a founding member and vice president of OSGeo’s promotional efforts.  I look forward to working with LizardTech and Michael on upcoming projects broadening the open source geospatial community.”

About the Open Source Geospatial Foundation
The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote the collaborative development of open geospatial technologies and data. The Foundation provides financial, organizational and legal support to the broader open source geospatial community. It also serves as an independent legal entity to which community members can contribute code, funding and other resources, secure in the knowledge that their contributions will be maintained for public benefit.

OSGeo also serves as an outreach and advocacy organization for the open source geospatial community, and provides a common forum and shared infrastructure for improving cross-project collaboration. The Foundation’s projects are all freely available and useable under an OSI-certified open source license.

About LizardTech
LizardTech, a division of Celartem, Inc., was founded in 1992 to build valuable business solutions from technologies created by the world’s leading research organizations including Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and AT&T Labs. LizardTech is a leader in applying state-of-the-art technologies to the real-world challenges of managing, distributing, and accessing large complex digital content such as aerial photographs, satellite imagery, and color scanned documents. LizardTech’s software is installed on millions of desktops and integrated into a wide variety of platforms and applications. LizardTech has offices in Seattle, London and Tokyo. LizardTech is a division of Celartem, Inc., which is wholly owned by Celartem Technology Inc., (Hercules: 4330). For more information about LizardTech, visit

About Celartem
Celartem Technology Inc., develops and sells innovative technologies for storage, access and distribution of rich media content. Celartem has developed technology in the areas of digital image compression, scalable image viewing and secure content distribution and management. Celartem is listed on the Osaka Securities Exchange, Hercules:4330. Established in 1996, Celartem is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and has a wholly owned subsidiary, Celartem Inc., with headquarters in Seattle.