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

Derek Williamson derek.williamson at unsw.edu.au
Wed Nov 21 22:54:23 UTC 2012


Hi Jesse et al,
we have an app due for limited release early in December which details over 1000 specimens from the Museum's collection with details of the diseases and related stories and images.  The initial release will be to UNSW students, but early in 2013 we hope to have the App available for general release.  Currently quite clinical, it started life as a med student resource, future iterations will include the ability for people to ask questions about the specimens or diseases.

This release will also include hot spotting on a number of the specimens  to identify key pathological and anatomical characteristics.  The aim is to extend this across the full suite of images in future updates.  The App development has been funded by the Museum, The School of Medical sciences and UNSW IT and draws extensively on previous teaching work of many of the School's academic staff. See the very first version here http://web.med.unsw.edu.au/pathmus/

If anyone would like to test the initial release please let me know and I will endeavour to make this possible.  Warning it does contain graphic images of real human tissue and disease specimens.

cheers

Derek
Director
Museum of Human Disease
(02) 9385 2190
UNSW CRICOS Provider Code 00098G

From: asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au [mailto:asc-list-bounces at lists.asc.asn.au] On Behalf Of Jesse Shore
Sent: Thursday, 22 November 2012 2:26 AM
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Subject: [ASC-list] Inspiring Australia update: Museum Victoria Launches Field Guide app

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 Victoria.
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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Cheers,
Jesse

Jesse Shore
President, Australian Science Communicators
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president at asc.asn.au<mailto:president at asc.asn.au>
http://www.asc.asn.au/

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