In the time between this post and the last post, a pair of African elephants could have conceived and given birth to a calf. She’d be a month or so old now, trailing behind her mother on the Savanna. I call her Kimba.
Although the blog has been quieter than a field devoid of crickets, we have been busy, as have some other people with the Field Guide code. Over the past 704 days
- Simon O has jetted off to San Francisco to improve design in the US. We still miss him.
- We proposed a more general framework for field guides called Genera.
- We received funding from the Inspiring Australia project to work with museums around the country to produce field guides for each state and territory.
- We produced the Bunurong Marine Park Field guide for both Android and iOS platform
- We’ve updated the original Field Guide on iOS and produced an Android version
- We’ve moved from hosting the code at Google Code to GitHub, along with a number of other MV projects, and
- We helped Goulburn Broken Catchment with their iSpy Frogs app
What happens from here? Well, the iOS Field Guide code on GitHub has been updated so that it works with iOS 6 and has a placeholder image for iPhone 5. Github will be the place for all future updates.
For the Inspiring Australia project, we’ll be using the Genera code base rather than the Field Guide code base. Why have we done that? Well, the idea behind the Genera project is to produce a platform that can be used to produce guides that involve things other than animals. We wrote a paper about it and the code is also up on GitHub .
The other big news is that three independent developers have published three new apps, using our Field Guide code. They are:
So the field guide code is now being used in three countries – only 201 to go. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing a picture of Kimba when someone produces a field guide to Kenya.