When we released Museum Victoria’s Field Guide back at the start of March, we stated that we’d be releasing the code under an open source license. So where is it? Well, the code needs a bit of a tidy up. There’s a lot of unused code to be pruned, along with a few short cuts and gravel roads that need to be paved.
The reason for the polish and the roadworks is to give you code that allows you to add your data, compile and have something that looks as good as MV’s Field Guide (even if I do say so myself), no code tweaking involved. Don’t get too focused on the code though, it’s not the droid you’re looking for.
The real star of the field guide is not the code, it’s the content. Even if we released the code tomorrow, it would take you a while to get your data, images, audio, icons, templates and splash screens together. That’s the purpose of this blog, to go through all the things that you’ll need to have to hand to publish your field guide when the code is released.
We’ll be blogging once or twice a week between now and when the code is published. Every comment gets read, so if you have any suggestions, or if you run into roadblocks and need answers, let us know.