[ASC-list] Inspiring Australia update: Museum Victoria Launches Field Guide app

Jesse Shore jesse at prismaticsciences.com
Wed Nov 21 15:26:17 UTC 2012

Developing purpose-built apps is potentially a very powerful tool for
science communication. But the apps arena is still new to us and apps can be
very expensive to create, test, promote and/or market. Are any ASCers
working on apps that they can talk about? Here's news of a new science
related app and a teaser for an upcoming app partially funded by Unlocking
Australia's Potential grant round earlier this year.

For those divers and snorkelers amongst you, Museum Victoria today launched
the Bunurong Marine National Park Field Guide app in conjunction with Parks

The app documents over 300 species found in and around Bunurong Marine
National Park, a park comprising over 2,000 hectares spread out along six
kilometres of Victorian coastline. Museum Victoria has also previously
released the Field Guide to Victorian Fauna, which provided images and
details of over 700 species found throughout the state.

In combining new media with their existing resources, Museum Victoria is
expanding its audience reach at the same time as making its content
accessible anywhere, anytime, to Australians with a dedicated or just
cursory interest in our native environment. It is envisaged that the app
will be used not just by individual users, but by other educative
institutions such as aquaria, schools and wilderness groups, helping to
inspire a love of science and nature in more Australians.

Those of you who are interested in the app should also keep an eye out for
Museum Victoria's next mobile device app - the Field Guide app to Australian
Fauna. In partnership with other state and national institutions, and with
the support of federal government Inspiring Australia initiative, the app
will provide images and details of over 800 species found across Australia.

The Bunurong Marine National Park Field Guide app is available for free
download from iTunes and Google Play.


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Jesse Shore

President, Australian Science Communicators 

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