National Geographic’s Online Community Democratizes Exploration

National Geographic’s Online Community Democratizes Exploration
Entertainment

The site adds another dimension to the docu-TV series Explorer by allowing professionals and amateurs alike to share and crowdfund their work

Grace Kenny
  • 3 may 2018

National Geographic is starting a collaborative digital field journal for researchers, scientists and explorers. Open Explorer will act as an online community where people can tell stories about their expeditions and projects . The site isn’t exclusive to any particular field; students and amateur scientists are also able to contribute. Users can upload pictures and videos, crowdfund their fieldwork and communicate with other members.

National Geographic writer David Lang originally founded Open Explorer in 2014, and its relaunch comes with the announcement of a new season of National Geographic’s popular Explorer series, the longest-running documentary series on television, in November 2018. Gary Knell, CEO of National Geographic Partners, said expanding the series to the web was a natural step.

“By expanding ‘Explorer’ across National Geographic’s multiplatforms, we will bring the spirit of this award-winning series to our audiences in new ways and will give them more tools to explore their curiosities than ever before,” Knell told Broadcasting & Cable.

Open Explorer

National Geographic is starting a collaborative digital field journal for researchers, scientists and explorers. Open Explorer will act as an online community where people can tell stories about their expeditions and projects . The site isn’t exclusive to any particular field; students and amateur scientists are also able to contribute. Users can upload pictures and videos, crowdfund their fieldwork and communicate with other members.

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