When coders Esteban Ordano, Ari Meilich, Yemel Jardi, and Manu Araoz conceived Decentraland in a white paper at the advent of Web3 technology, they came up with a community-driven, decentralized and open virtual world. When they founded their first settlement within Decentraland, they called it Genesis City. It’s a fitting name for a basic virtual community.
These three aspects of Decentraland – open, decentralized and community-driven – are the driving forces behind it. Genesis.City map projecta dynamic bird’s-eye view of the world of Decentraland Manu Araos Created in 2017. In order to support the continued existence of useful top-down maps, the project has announced that in 2022 he will become a beneficiary of a DAO grant, which was recently renewed.
This map derives from Decentraland’s open architecture. Decentraland Data Since his points are not restricted for creators to manipulate, Araoz concluded that open information could be leveraged to devise useful assets that enhance the community aspect of Decentraland. .
In many ways, the Genesis.City map is a very transparent project, filling information gaps for many stakeholders. In a world where real estate plays an important role, a graphical representation of what real estate and the surrounding land will look like is of intrinsic value to decision makers. A top-down map has been published through the website and has also contributed to discussions on Decentraland’s infrastructure and plans.
From a simplistic point of view, the world of Decentraland is a combination of two technologies: virtual reality and blockchain. First, it enables the creation of a walkable world where anyone can enter and walk around Genesis City. Second, we have a responsibility to make all transactions transparent and unreliable. This unique property of the tech stack supporting Decentraland makes the existence of the map possible.
It cannot be overemphasized that the map relies on Decentraland’s open architecture. First of all, open protocols like the one that Decentraland is based on, as open source developers have been preaching since the beginning of the computer age, show that everyone can have live information and use it in useful ways. I mean Maps are a striking visual example of how open and accessible data can be obtained.Still, Manu Araoz is his Vision The next five years of Decentraland will be surprisingly diverse and beyond the map.
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By relying on open data sourced directly from Decentraland, we can keep our maps up-to-date. By interpreting the accessible information, the project can be carried out almost independently. The Genesis.City map code connects to the Decentraland open protocol and network, so it is kept up to date without the involvement of the Decentraland Foundation. As seen above, thanks to the free flow of information, the map is able to show (in red) areas of Genesis City that have been recently modified. Or organization.
The project is now funded by the Decentraland DAO, but is still labeled “unofficial” due to the decentralized and open source nature of the map. In a sense, they are maps that can be developed and published online by anyone, whether they belong to Decentraland or not.
The Genesis.City script map is a customized version of the standard Decentraland Explorer that automatically takes screenshots at all coordinates of the city to create a bird’s eye view.of website Collect all screenshots and merge the tiles into one using OpenLayers, a free software for creating maps.
The project existed for almost five years before receiving its first grant, but the allocated budget proved essential to technically improving the map. Developed as a kind of passion project by Manu Araoz and his team, a prototype version received its first grant in early 2022. Since receiving its second and his third round of funding, the team has been updating the map weekly as described in his DAO-funded grant proposal for June 2022. Thanks to the new budget, the team has also improved the mapping script and is now able to do more work. Less human input is required to generate a complete map.
In addition, the developer improved the visual appearance of the website, including a “jump in” button that takes the user to the indicated LAND with a right mouse click, and added a real estate outline layer. On a separate note, the team behind Genesis.City has also set out to create his NFT in Rarible once a month and across the map.
The new round of funding was very significant as it provided a budget for wages and expenses (web hosting, image storage, domain name renewals) to sustain the team over the next six months. Manu Araoz added that thanks to the new funding round, other issues that affected his overall user experience, such as visual glitches and zoom glitches, have also been fixed.
Helping Maps Depict New Technological Terrain
Want to contribute to the Genesis.City map project? Spread the word. The premise that maps exist, leveraging open and accessible data to create valuable assets, should reach out to any creative developer ready to contribute to the Decentraland community.
mini timelapse of @ DecentralandGenesis City from October 2020 to September 2022! 🗺️⏳ pic.twitter.com/d5Va8Uy6tG
— Genesis City (@GenesisCityMap) October 11, 2022
The team also welcomes any feedback you have to provide to keep improving the map. Connect with them twitter
Please share helpful tips. As the name of the map suggests, this project is just the beginning.
The Metaverse is full of possibilities and opportunities that have yet to be recognized. Have an idea to help the Decentraland community? Learn more about DAO grants here.
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