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If you've ever dreamed of making the fabled journey from Lands End to John O'Groats but can't quite summon the energy for the 874-mile trek, Ordnance Survey may just have the answer. The mapping authority has constructed a scale model of the country in the popular PC game Minecraft, using more than 22bn virtual building blocks.

 

OS Innovation Lab manager Graham Dunlop said the work took two weeks to complete by an intern, Joseph Braybook, a third-year physics student from the University of Bristol.

 

"When Joseph joined the team as part of Ordnance Survey's summer internship programme, we discovered he was an avid Minecraft fan," he added.

 

"We decided to build a Minecraft world using free-to-use OS OpenData products to display the landscape and terrain of Great Britain."

Braybook's project revolved around creating a software interface between the OS's OpenData and the complex but publicly documented Minecraft mapping format.

 

"It's not feasible to build that kind of scale by hand, so it was a good project for our software development house and our new internship program," said Dunlop.

 

Combining the data sets, the lab produced a scale reproduction with 86,000 geographically accurate square miles of Great Britain. To maintain the appearance of low-lying coastal features but still fit in mountainous terrain such as Ben Nevis

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"So I heard you interned this summer"
"Yep, was pretty fun"
"What did you do? Internships usually suck."
"Oh you know.. I mapped Britain."
"That doesn't sound like much fun.. why not just use an Atlas.. or google maps?"
"It was fun, trust me."
"Okay.. how was it fun then?"
"I made the map in minecraft."
"Oh..."

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that is plain awesome.

 

 

i am not a fan,   but if i was, i would love to start on a map of england and build stuff on it.  how cool is that.  

 

i wonder if there will be teams of people working together finishing different locations, and then releaseing a super complete map !!

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"So I heard you interned this summer"
"Yep, was pretty fun"
"What did you do? Internships usually suck."
"Oh you know.. I mapped Britain."
"That doesn't sound like much fun.. why not just use an Atlas.. or google maps?"
"It was fun, trust me."
"Okay.. how was it fun then?"
"I made the map in minecraft."
"Oh..."


He didn't really make it in minecraft though ;)

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