Post by Keegan Wilson, Press Officer
Ordnance Survey’s very own Mr Blocks, Joseph Braybrook, is conducting a new set of experiments in Minecraft.
Not content with making Great Britain out of OS OpenData and 83 billion individual Minecraft blocks, a mammoth map which won him a place in the Guinness Book of Records, which you can download here for free, Joseph has set his sights further afield in an attempt to push himself, real world data and the possibilities of Minecraft to the limit.
Joseph has since crossed the English Channel to build the rest of Europe. However, he has discovered that the quality of geographic data available on the continent varies, with much of it nowhere near as good as the data produced and made available here by us. Huge chunks of information, such as individual buildings and roads, are missing. So the European map he eventually produces will be for pure gaming, as it will not be a true accurate rendition like his GB2 map. At the moment, Joseph has made it all the way across Western Europe and stands on the edge of Poland.
Joseph has also been working on extreme terrains and other areas of the world that have interesting geography and good data, including a Minecraft world of the Himalayas.
He is also building a 1:1 scale version of our Houses of Parliament, which he plans to attach to the 1:1 Big Ben he made last year.
Also in 1:1 scale are some very early experiments with LiDAR using data supplied by the Channel Coastal Observatory. So far Joseph has produced a Minecraft version of Lulworth Cove, the Isle of Wight’s Needles, and central Southampton, but he is having issues with the resolution, which he plans to address.
The question is: what next for Joseph and Minecraft?