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Ordnance Survey Creates Minecraft Model of Great Britain 67

First time accepted submitter jeremyp writes "Ordnance Survey intern Joseph Braybrook has created a Minecraft World based upon accurate terrain mapping data of Great Britain. The world accurately represents the whole of Great Britain and surrounding islands (but excludes Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands). It maps 224,000 square kilometres of Great Britain and contains 22 billion blocks. Graham Dunlop (Ordnance Survey Innovation Lab Manager) says: 'We think we may have created the largest Minecraft world ever built based on real-world data.' The map can be downloaded from the Ordnance Survey."
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Ordnance Survey Creates Minecraft Model of Great Britain

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 24, 2013 @01:29PM (#44938237)

    around Manchester....

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Do creepers steal cars?

      • Panic on the streets of London
        Panic on the streets of Birmingham
        I wonder to myself
        Could life ever be sane again ?
        The Leeds side-streets that you slip down
        I wonder to myself

    • by Megane ( 129182 )
      Ee, by gum itssssssBOOM!
  • Earth Map (Score:4, Informative)

    by CFBMoo1 ( 157453 ) on Tuesday September 24, 2013 @01:45PM (#44938467) Homepage
    Here's one of the whole Earth at a 1:1500 scale. I'd love to see them regenerate this with the biom updates they currently have in the snapshots.


  • by Anonymous Coward

    Someone needs to tell the BBS that Hogwarts is a real castle. They seem to think it's imaginary.

  • by Fnord666 ( 889225 ) on Tuesday September 24, 2013 @02:04PM (#44938783) Journal
    For those who might be interested, here is a link [ordnancesurvey.co.uk] to the ordnance survey page where they describe the process used to create the map.
  • by Anubis IV ( 1279820 ) on Tuesday September 24, 2013 @02:41PM (#44939397)

    We think we may have created the largest Minecraft world ever built based on real-world data.

    Emphasis mine.

    While extremely impressive, it's definitely not the largest based on data from another source. For instance, World of Warcraft's Azeroth has already been largely recreated [minecraftforum.net] to the tune of 68B blocks using a similar automated process. There are other projects to recreate Westeros and Middle Earth that are already well underway, though both appear to be being done by hand, so though they've had a lot of progress, I'd doubt they're into the billions of blocks placed.

    • I wouldn't call anything from a game, movie or TV-series "real-world".

      • Neither would I, and I don't know why you feel compelled to point that out. I specifically said "from another source". I was pointing out that while this is quite possibly the largest from real-world data, it is by no means the largest one based on data taken from another source.

  • We think we may have created the largest Minecraft world ever built based on real-world data.

    Cue the "Google Earth" version in 3...2...

  • I'm guessing they are using a flat projection, so claiming it's "accurate" is potentially questionable, depending on your definition of the word. Can any flat map be described as "accurate"? I guess it probably can, actually, as long as it is consistent and the projection is well defined. Just like a photograph or a painting of an object can be called "accurate" even though the object is actually three-dimensional.

    • by Eyeballs ( 64172 )

      After doing some testing, it appears the map scale is around 1 block equals 1/2 acre.

      You can see this by teleporting to 10545 100 24400 which drops you on the south side of Hyde Park's Serpentine Lake (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serpentine_%28lake%29_)

      The lake is around 80 blocks of water and is reported to be 40 acres big in Wikipedia.

      Also, the map is is just a single layer of blocks covering over stone blocks.

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