Mapper since: March 12, 2012
Hi my name Tuan (Tony) and I am part-time cartographer and a mapping nerd.
I live in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and work as a marketing assistant at a local Vietnamese newspaper. Work involves understanding the local marketing, so I can apply a bit of my mapping skills into my tasks and make it easier.
I have been an OSM contributor for 7 years and I am a crazy mapper.
I have a passion for maps since my childhood, and I could spend hours “reading” a map. Printed maps and large heavy atlas books were my close friends at home.
I came to OSM in 2012, after a few weeks of contributing to Google maps in its Mapmaker project. I was pissed off my the negative attitude of moderators in the Vietnam group. OSM was different and welcoming, and contributor-friendly.
Thanks to Potlatch 2 and OSM Wiki, I have learned more about the mapping language and basics of it.
an OSM Mapper in Melbourne recommended JOSM to me in 2013, and since then I have used it more than iD.
Since I began mapping particular localities (by enriching the area’s map), I had to browse through various books and historical resources to gain understanding of the area. Therefore I have a chance to learn the region’s history and cultures.
I contribute to OpenStreetMap in my free time, usually when I am home or at weekends.
Sometimes I go out to do survey where I add points of interests (POIs) into the map.
Other times, I stay home or in library, drawing roads and adding facilities into the maps.
Never leave a town, city or place without streets
Drawing streets is not enough, make it “living” by enriching it
Mapping is art and passion and a hobby.
Mapping helps save the world, as HOTOSM.org has shown.
A cartographer is a person who makes rich and beautiful maps which can be applied by many people to gain knowledge and benefit their lives and work.
I believe a map with streets is not enough. It should be enriched in the following way:
adding amenities : schools, hospitals, city council or local government offices,
natural features : parks, mountains, and lakes and rivers
draw buildings for main facilities : hospitals, schools and government councils and public buildings.
draw administrative boundaries.
Name everything you draw.
Hà Nội : adding amenities and buildings around the urban districts (the core urban districts) of Hà Nội, Government Centre, Hanoi Old Citadel, Old Quarters and surrounding districts
adding multilingual names localities, amenities and roads in Chinese, Indonesian and Russian (when I cannot use a computer).
Vũng Tàu city and Bà Rịa - Vũng Tàu province
Ho Chi Minh City: several districts, mainlyDistrict 4 (where I lived), and the city centre around Nguyen Hue Street
Huế : mainly the Imperial Citadel and the southern bank of Hương river.
Hà Nội : edited Yên Viên town and surrounding villages and amenities. Cổ Nhuế ward
Bắc Ninh province : edited the town of TỪ SƠN including: town centre, Đình Bảng old village, Đồng Kỵ, Tam Sơn and surrounding villages (too many of them!)
Hải Dương province: edited xã Quyết Thắng of Thanh Hà district (my father’s homeland), added city of CHÍ LINH
Quảng Ninh : edited HẠ LONG City (in full) including the new Library and 30-10 square, Sun Group theme park, Hà Lầm ward, CẨM PHẢ City, MÓNG CÁI City (major wards only)
Điện Biên province : added Mường Lay town and surroundings
Lai Châu province : added several small villages near border, such as xã Ma Ly Pho
Lào Cai province : added several new subdistricts of Lào Cai city.
Lạng Sơn province : added the town of Đồng Đăng before Kim Jong-un’ arrival.
Kiên Giang: added the city of Rach Gia (in full) and some villages nearby.
Sóc Trăng province: added places in Soc Trang City, Mỹ Xuyên town of My Xuyen district, Vinh Chau town, and Tran De district.
Melbourne metro area : adding POIs and buildings in suburbs: Springvale, Clayton, Noble Park, DANDENONG, Murrumbeena, Carnegie.. to be UPDATED….
Bundaberg, QLD: adding POIs, boundaries and landuse.
Feel free to connect with me, and catch up for a beer or coffee anywhere. And yes, add my Facebook for better communication.