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Abstract is a collaborative effort by and for the Romanian community to facilitate the sharing of geospatial knowledge and the discovery and publishing of free geographic datasets and maps. It was created by a small team of young scientists as an attempt to overcome the Romanian specific geospatial dysfunctions.

Anyone can make a contribution by submitting articles or datasets for publication, adding comments to the existing articles, join the discussion on the mailing list or users forum. The content is managed by Textpattern, a powerful and flexible, open source content management application. For supplementary, specific functionality, custom modules were built. Other free applications are providing server-side functionality: MySQL, PHP, Python, Java, Apache, Tomcat, phpMyAdmin, phpPgAdmin. For geospatial data processing and management, top open source applications were also integrated in the website: PostGIS, GeoNetwork Opensource, GeoServer, OpenLayers, GeoWebCache, Mapnik, GDAL/OGR. The website is divided in several functional sections. In each section, the information is placed in predefined categories and sub-categories. Most of the sections contains written materials:

Articles - theoretical essays on geospatial topics;

Tutorials - materials indented to teach the user, in a step by step manner, how to work with certain datasets, software, technique etc;

Reviews - reviews for geospatial datasets, cartographic products, software, articles, books;

Links - collections of references to other online resources;

Blog - a non conventional section for publishing thoughts, ideas, findings etc.

The Download section contains categories for all kind of geospatial data (digital elevation models, processed satellite images, vector data: communication networks, localities, hydrographical networks, contour lines, points of interest etc.) at different scales and spatial extend. Other categories contain documents (PhD thesis, scanned books & articles), old maps, software.

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Vasile Crăciunescu - National Meteorological Administration
Ștefan Constantinescu - Faculty of Geography - Bucharest University