Research as an adventure: Explora tells stories about the holdings of ETH Library

In 2017, Explora (external link) was launched by ETH Library with the aim of making its holdings accessible in an innovative way to members of the public interested in culture and knowledge as well as the ETH Zurich community and linking them with current research topics. The goal is to provide insight into the historical and modern research of ETH Zurich.

Informative articles, discussions of contemporary issues, video interviews with researchers and much more – Explora invites its visitors to explore the holdings of the ETH Library collections and archives in a multimedia fashion. For example, in the story about solar research at ETH Zurich, you can find out why data collected over a century is now invaluable for research on the climate and other topics, and thus are more relevant than ever. The story “So close to the moon” is about milestones in lunar research, the moon between the poles of art and science, and mysteries of the moon that remain unsolved – and these are just some of the many stories worth discovering and delving into.

The images and illustrations used in the stories can also be downloaded and used in high resolution.
With the practical read-aloud function, you have the opportunity to listen to stories marked “with audio” and to download the audio file if desired.

It is now also possible to rate the articles with stars, and readers are invited to suggest topics for new stories. To do this, you can simply send a message with your proposed topic to the Explora editorial team using the contact form on the “About us” (external link) tab.
The Explora newsletter allows you to always be informed about the latest stories. Subscribe to the Explora newsletter (external link) directly on the platform.


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