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Career perspectives in OSM mapping - need your advice

Posted by TuanIfan on 7 August 2019 in English (English).

My name is Tuan and I am living in Melbourne Australia. I have been contrbuting to OSM for over 7 years and I’ve learned to use JOSM, iD effectively. I spent almost 1-2 hours every night and most of my weekends doing onsite surveys, adding points and drawing OSM maps in parts of Vietnam, and many cities and suburbs in Australia.

After years of mapping I have advanced myself to an Advanced Contributor, which has allowed me to be a mentor and advisor to many GIS developers in Vietnam.

Overall I have mapped OSM with a passion and wouldn’t mind spending longer for OSM.

My latest touch to Victoria Harbour, Docklands VIC

My current job is advertising coordinator. However, the job has become harder recently and I am afraid that I cannot keep the job in the next few months.

At the moment I am seriously considering a career change into the GIS field.

  • Would I be able to utilise my mapping experience (both in survey and armchair mapping) in the GIS field and developing data source for maps in general?
  • If yes, is there a high demand for such positions in Australia?

AND, * what are the qualifications for such a job?

Mapping has been my passion for many years and I wouldn’t mind moving anywhere in order to pursue this dream. I

Pls have a look at my OSM profile and my HDYC porfolio for your reference.

Please let me know your thoughts. Any advice is well regarded.

Tuan

Location: Victoria Harbour, Docklands, Melbourne, City of Melbourne, Victoria, 3008, Australia

Comment from skorasaurus on 10 August 2019 at 18:59

Hi tuan,

some brief thoughts; I was in a similar position to you 7-8 years ago.

In general, I didn’t find a lot of demand for armchair mapping experience locally (in the USA); because other organizations (google and other private companies or even local governments) had already created the source data.

Additionally, companies have started using more automated ways (machine learning/artificial intelligence) to map and create the data (although it’s not a complete replacement ); so I wouldn’t focus primarily on strictly data collection or creation in your job search or relying on those specific skills for .

If you have any additional skills (using javascript to make interactive web maps; python or postgresql to conduct geographical analysis) accompanying your geospatial knowledge of OSM; that is extremely attractive to an employer and demonstrates how you could help them. Although OSM awareness is generally growing, a lot of people don’t know what it is and you’d have to demonstrate how all of the data that you collected and mapped is being used. My biggest piece of advice would be that: not just show that you contributed to OSM, but what you were able to do with that data.

If you haven’t already, I’d highly recommend learning about HOT and begin volunteering. Not only do you make a difference across the world (and in lesser developed countries, there’s less existing data sources besides OSM); They’re growing remarkably over the past few years and occasionally hire.

Lastly, I d’ (if you know the Vietnamese language at all, that would be attractive as well).

Comment from TuanIfan on 21 August 2019 at 06:06

Hi Skorasarus,

Thank you for your advice. That is really helpful.

I’ve mapped on HOT for a while, but I didn’t really spend much time for it.

Probably I will need to focus on contributing to HOT from now on.


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