Last summer, one of our interns, Joseph Braybrook, created a Minecraft world of Great Britain using our OS OpenData products. In September 2013, we released the world for users to download and explore – all 22 billion blocks of it!
In the first few months after the release, the Minecraft map was downloaded over 50,000 times. We saw a 28% increase in registered users of OS OpenData, and OS VectorMap District, which was used in the Minecraft map, became our most downloaded OS OpenData product.
We hoped the Minecraft map would inspire people to create more worlds in Minecraft, use the Minecraft map in schools or clubs as a geography resource, or to use our OS OpenData products to create new services. Has it inspired you?
If you have used our Minecraft map, or gone on to use our OS OpenData products as a result of seeing the Minecraft world, let us know. We’re looking for stories on how the Minecraft map has been used to help us celebrate its first anniversary next month. Drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 3 September.