What we do

At Openscapes, we champion open practices in environmental science to help uncover data-driven solutions faster. Regardless of research question, environmental scientists are united by the need to analyze data — and to do so in a way that is efficient, reproducible, and easily communicated. With tools specifically created to meet modern demands for collaborative data science, we help create a positive open culture to enable better science in less time. Our approach:


We build awareness and excitement. We engage scientists with the possibilities of open data science with empathy, art, and storytelling, using narratives like our own path to better science in less time.


We help build confidence and skills. We empower scientists by connecting them with existing open software and communities that meet them where they are so they can develop the skills they need.


We build champions and communities. We amplify scientists’ efforts through academic seminars as well as blogs and social media to increase the visibility of open practices on campus and online.

Champions Program

Openscapes Champions is a mentorship program that empowers science teams with open data science tools and grows the community of practice in the research group, organization, and beyond. Read how the 2019 Openscapes Champions have supercharged their research, and contact us about participating in the Champions program.

Operated by NCEAS and incubated by Mozilla

Openscapes bridges environmental synthesis science with the open movement. Learn more about us.


From our blog

Blog posts are both Openscapes stories and advice snippets for the community. Some are cross-posted on Medium.com. Also, see our media page for media, presentation slide decks, and publications.

May updates and events from Openscapes

By Julie Lowndes, Erin Robinson on May 7, 2021

Hello! This is Openscapes’ third newsletter. If you’re interested in seeing these infrequent updates in your inbox, pleasesign up here (linked from ourget involved page). Learning and investing in Openscapes In March and April we continued learning, developing, and investing in Openscapes, in many concrete ways, and with a lot of “firsts”. We just wrapped up our first 2-month version of the Champions Program with the NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC).

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NOAA NWFSC Openscapes Champions Cohort

By Erin Robinson, Julie Lowndes, Eric Ward on May 3, 2021

Starting in March, Openscapes led a 2-month Champions Cohort with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), working with thirty fisheries scientists from NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC). These scientists were interested in exploring new approaches to data analysis and stewardship, and connecting with others at NWFSC with the same intent. This post focuses on what the cohort setup and participants achieved. It is co-authored with Dr. Eric Ward from NOAA NWFSC.

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'Join the Rebel Alliance' - an Openscapes interview with Dr. Dawn Wright at MozFest

By Erin Robinson, Dawn Wright, Julie Lowndes on March 25, 2021

Openscapes had the distinct honor to introduce Dr. Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist of Esri to #mozfest, Mozilla’s annual Open Festival in early March (session page, recording). The conversation emphasized how science can be both kind and credible. What do you think of when you read ‘kinder science’? Cross-posted on the Esri blog Welcome to our Openscapes session at MozFest! Dr. Dawn Wright shared her approach to science, kindness, and leadership through stories of other women that inspire her.

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Announcing the NASA Openscapes Framework

By Erin Robinson, Amanda Tan, Julie Lowndes on March 10, 2021

Announcing the NASA Openscapes Framework We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a 3-year grant from NASA! Together with the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California Santa Barbara, University of Washington eScience Institute, Metadata Game Changers, 2i2c, and The Carpentries, we are answering the call from NASA to support researchers from the NASA Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs) migrating workflows to the cloud.

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