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The Art of Maps

Posted by Tuan Ifan Vpy on 29 June 2014 in English (English)

Map is an Art. I didn't know that until I finished mapping all details in Zone A, Phú Mỹ Hưng New City Area, in the Saigon South New Urban area of Ho Chi Minh City.

What fascinates me was the colourful rendering of various areas and items, such as residential zones, schools, rivers and parks. Well, after slow mapping for 2 years and intensive work for 3 days by everyone and me, it turns out to be a piece of art.

Btw, I also draw administrative boundaries to the subdivisions of the Zone A - Phu My Hung. This sounds weird because they are NOT administrative, but they do help proper addresses to render. Further, zone boundaries make it more convenient for users when searching for them in the search box.

Now I know that OPENmapping is not about drawing roads. It brings everything.

Phu My Hung New City Center, Saigon South, District 7

Comment from Minh Nguyen on 30 June 2014 at 00:17

This part of the map is looking great! Even if Khu A doesn’t have its own council or officials, it does sound like an administrative area from the Wikipedia description. boundary=administrative relations are appropriate if the zone has definite boundaries.

By the way, we currently need more people to try out osm.org and iD in Vietnamese to catch incorrect translations and other issues. (For example, I recently added Vietnamese address support to iD, but I’m not from Vietnam…) If you’re interested, you can set your preferred content language to Vietnamese in your browser’s preferences or install a Vietnamese version of the browser.

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Comment from Tuan Ifan Vpy on 30 June 2014 at 10:14

Hi @Minh Nguyen,

Thanks for your reply. Surely I am pleased to test the Vietnamese version of iD and osm.org as you mentioned above. But in fact, most Vietnamese netizens prefer using their computers and apps in English, because there are not agreed translations of certain IT terms. For example, 'software' is known in Vietnam as 'phần mềm', but Vietnamese Americans call it 'nhu liệu' (a Sino-Vietnamese version).

Furthermore the local community of mappers rarely meet (I wonder if they do exist sometimes), so I'm not pretty sure if they would agree with my future translation of terms.

But yeah, You have my support in your translation idea.

You're right. the Khu A-PMH is not an administrative region (which should be ward), but in fact, it is well managed by the PMH Corp. Currently the PMH Corp is in charge of providing facilities to the residents and services in Khu A. They're also in charge of liaison btw residents and the Ward governments. Security is provided by them too.

In addition, mapping the boundaries for Khu A makes it closer to the address form as currently practised by local shops and houses. That's why I marked Khu A as Zone 10. E.g. a house in 'Mỹ Kim III estate' is referred to as : #Housenumber, [Road], Khu phố Mỹ Kim III, Phú Mỹ Hưng Phường Tân Phong, Quận 7, Tp. Hồ Chí Minh.

However, there are some issues too : - It's impossible to address an item (node) without the Street. Some houses like to mention their Number and estate name, not road names (those in Phú Gia estate and large apartment buildings). - If so, we need more boundary levels, i.e. 11, 12.

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Comment from NZGraham on 1 July 2014 at 04:51

I share your philosophy. It is very satisfying to start with a blank canvas (or almost blank if just the streets are already shown) and see it transformed into something colourful and interesting after many hours work. However, unlike an artist's work, OSM art is never really finished - there is virtually always some other piece of information to be added!

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Comment from Tuan Ifan Vpy on 2 July 2014 at 17:34

Thanks @NZGraham! You're right~~! We always find some new things to add to the map. But it's not easy to draw certain stuff, like the landforms and landuse, with blurred and low-res Bing satellite coverage. Some areas are completely blank ~ no sat imagery at all :(

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