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posted by n1 on Saturday April 26 2014, @07:46AM   Printer-friendly
from the testing-fracking-in-minecraft dept.

The Danish Geodata Agency (Geodatastyrelsen), a part of The Danish Ministry of the Environment, has created a 1:1 model (English) of Denmark in Minecraft (English via Google Translate link) based on their publicly available data of Denmark, such as elevation models and data about roads and buildings. There is a YouTube video.

A coordinate system has been introduced so you can find your way around or locate and visit a specific place. From what I have read so far, it's not clear how you go from latitude and longitude to that coordinate system. It's 1TB of data, so I'm not going to download it just to try it out. If you're looking for places to visit, "The Little Mermaid" should be at 55.692867° N 12.599258° E and Kronborg Castle should be at 56.039036° N 12.621156° E.

Last year the UK had their own version. As much as I'd like to get my hands on a full-sized 3D map of somewhere, I can't see that Minecraft is ever going to be the best medium for it.

Please note that their Minecraft server is just a demo. It will shut down October 23, 2014. After that only smaller pieces of data will be available.

 
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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by irfan on Saturday April 26 2014, @08:58AM

    by irfan (84) on Saturday April 26 2014, @08:58AM (#36531)
    There is a converter from UTM/ETRS89 (zone 32) to Minecraft coordinates [gstcraft.dk]. Those coordinates you give are in WGS84 (the standard OpenStreetMap uses), whereas the common system amongst governmental provideres of geodata here is UTM/ETRS89.

    Also, you don't need to download all of Denmark at once. The maps can be downloaded in 10x10 km chunks one at a time from The Danish Map Supply [kortforsyningen.dk]. For example, the inner Copenhagen area (240_40.zip), which includes The Little Mermaid, only takes up 388 MB.

    Unfortunately I have to dissapoint you about The Little Mermaid, which is only represented as pillar of moss stone blocks, with a gold block as a head (MC coordinates: x:126200 y:21 z:22233).
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  • (Score: 2) by stderr on Saturday April 26 2014, @10:29AM

    by stderr (11) on Saturday April 26 2014, @10:29AM (#36550) Journal

    Unfortunately I have to dissapoint you about The Little Mermaid, which is only represented as pillar of moss stone blocks, with a gold block as a head (MC coordinates: x:126200 y:21 z:22233).

    Got a screenshot? :-)

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