Wednesday 27th November, 2013
2:30pm to 2:55pm
In March 2011 Museum Victoria released its Field Guide to Victorian Fauna app in the iTunes app store as a way of testing new mobile platforms. The app has since been downloaded over 62,000 times and in June 2013 was averaging 80 new downloads a day. Although the app is available in the app store for free, having the platform has drawn in almost half a million dollars in partnerships and grants.
Along with an update to the Apple version, an Android version was released in May 2013. We are currently in the middle of a project working with other Australian natural history museums to produce a field guide for every state and territory in Australia.
Along with the app, we also released the source code for the Field Guide project. Then in 2012 we launched an upgraded version of the source code, called Genera, to facilitate the production of general guides. To date, three independent projects based on the Field Guide code have been released.
This presentation will discuss the lessons we’ve learned about making apps for native platforms. We will also discuss making code public, the mistakes we’ve made and why we think it took almost two years for independent apps built on the Field Guide code base to appear.
Simon Sherrin is currently Technical Lead for the Field Guides for Australia project at Museum Victoria.
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