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The process for expanding Cortex capabilities is to create a new resource and add it to the resource layer or the integration layer. Even if you want to expand the functionality of an existing resource, you still create a new resource to do this.

Cortex's resource layer is built on an OSGi Framework, where each resource in the layer is a single OSGi bundle. The framework's flexibility allows new resource bundles to be added to Cortex without requiring extensive customizations to wire in the new resource.

Elastic Path provides a Maven Archetype to simplify the programmer's job for customizing Cortex.