Vasile Craciunescu

@ GEO-SPATIAL.ORG Association

Vasile Craciunescu is a researcher with more than 17 years experience, working for the Romanian National Meteorological Administration being in charge with the scientific and operational activities related to rapid mapping, air quality data integration, spatial data infrastructure and web-mapping. He received his diploma in cartography and physical geography in 2001. He has a good experience in working and leading national, EU and ESA research projects. In 2006 Vasile started (, 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. Since 2011 he is the Romanian delegate in the Copernicus User Forum (formerly known as GMES) at the European Commission and the representative of Meteo Romania at Open Geospatial Consortium. In august 2014 he was elected in the Open Source Geospatial Foundation board of directors. For the last six years he is teaching FOSS4G-based techniques at the Faculty of Geography – University of Bucharest in the first Romanian ICA-OSGeo Lab. Vasile was the chair of the 2019 FOSS4G international conference.