The Ordnance Survey has been busy recreating the 220,000 square kilometres of mainland Great Britain including England, Scotland, Wales and surrounding islands within the Minecraft game. But unfortunately doesn’t include Northern Ireland, Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands due to them being mapped by other companies.
Using OS Open Data the Ordnance Survey has now made the creation available to download as a 3.6 GB uncompressed installation allowing you to enjoy the map is you already have Minecraft installed. Ordnance Survey’s Graham Dunlop explains:
“We think we may have created the largest Minecraft world ever built based on real-world data,”-“The resulting map shows the massive potential not just for using Minecraft for computer technology and geography purposes in schools, but also the huge scope of applications for OS OpenData too.”
The Ordnance Survey website explain that: “The initial starting point is next to the our head office. Take a moment to read the signposts, then fly up in the air for a birds-eye view of the landscape (double-tap and hold the space key to fly up).
Since Minecraft GB represents the real world, you may want to navigate to some familiar places. Our online OS getamap service (works in most desktop browsers – Microsoft Silverlight required) enables you to search for a location, place name or postcode. The grid reference is displayed in the top left corner of the map view.
Once you know the grid reference, this conversion tool can be used to generate the Minecraft teleport command with the correct world coordinates.”