Open data can be fun and educational. That was the message of the final session of Open Data Camp 5, day one, as Christopher Gutteridge explained how he came to combine his twin passions of Minecraft and open data.
“The story of this goes back quite a way. I kept going to an art gallery on the Isle of Wight, and I wanted to join in. So, I decided to build the seafront in Minecraft,” he said.
“I got OpenStreetMap, and traced it, and then modelled it in the Minecraft world. I printed it out in 3D and put the prints in a gallery. And people paid for them! You can still buy them if you go to Ventnor.”
Serge Wich is in the Amazon using Lidar on drones to aid orang-utan conservation – the software can actually tell orang-utans alongside apart from other species. But where Lidar has the most promise is in the built environment. 3D modelling with Lidar solves so many problems organisation have with building metrics.