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Proceedings of the ICA
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Articles | Volume 1
16 May 2018
 | 16 May 2018

Minecraft® on Demand – A new IGN service which combines game and 3D cartography

François Lecordix, David Fremont, Moez Jilani, Emmanuel Séguin, and Sofiane Kriat

Keywords: Minecraft, Game, Cartography, 3D

Abstract. The French national mapping agency, Institut national de l’information géographique et forestière (IGN), decided to develop a new web service, called Minecraft on Demand (, designed to provide Minecraft maps from the geographic data that IGN produces. This free web service enables the user to select the center of the map and to get a Minecraft world of 5 km long and 5 km wide, at the scale 1 : 1. The player can easily input this map into Minecraft, the world’s most popular video game with 121 million copies sold. Launched in June 2016 in France, the service Minecraft® on Demand obtained a fair success (10,000 maps downloaded), more specifically among young people, since it may enable them to discover IGN data and geography.

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