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.

Incubated by Mozilla and NCEAS

Openscapes bridges data-intensive environmental 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.

3 approaches for the year of open science

By Corey Clatterbuck, Ileana Fenwick, Josh London, Luis Lopez, Cassie Nickles, Adyan Rios, Stefanie Butland, Julie Lowndes, Erin Robinson on March 16, 2023

At the 2023 ESIP Winter Meeting, “Opening Doors to Open Science”, we held a session called “Better Science for Future Us: Openscapes stories and approaches for the Year of Open Science” with speakers from University of North Carolina (UNC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries, California Water Boards, NASA’s National Snow and Ice Data Center, and NASA’s Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center. The goals of this session were to hear from and boost a diverse set of leaders from across the US government and academia to highlight open science in daily work, including peer-teaching, mentoring, and learning.

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Openscapes Newsletter #6: Winter 2023

By Julie Lowndes and Stefanie Butland on February 21, 2023

Openscapes Newsletter #6: Winter 2023 Welcome to Openscapes’ sixth newsletter! If you’re interested in seeing these infrequent updates in your inbox, please sign up here (linked from our get involved page). Hello! As we continue into 2023, we at Openscapes continue to come back to the core of what we do: we engage, empower, and amplify. Whether it is with tech like Quarto and JupyterHubs or communities like R-Ladies, Ladies of Landsat, Black in Marine Science, and NASA Earthdata, it’s about welcoming folks to better ways of working and open science.

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Impacts of Openscapes Training on Open Science Movement Building Inside NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center

By Emily Markowitz, Margaret Siple, Josh London on February 16, 2023

In Fall 2022, Openscapes ran four concurrent Champions Cohorts that included participants from all NOAA Fisheries Science Centers, described in Nationwide Openscapes Training At NOAA Fisheries Science Centers: Facilitating Collaboration, Skill-Sharing, and Open Science. This post is the executive summary shared with Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) leadership of the work and experiences of AFSC research staff participants. Update February 21, 2023 *See also: 2022 Fall Openscapes Champion Cohort Makes Inroads to Open Science, NOAA Fisheries Feature Story AFSC supported 8 teams from across the center in the 2022 Fall Openscapes Cohort of the Openscapes Champions training program.

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Nationwide Openscapes Training at NOAA Fisheries Science Centers: Facilitating Collaboration, Skill-sharing, and Open Science

By Molly Stevens, Adyan Rios, Amanda Bradford, Kevin Stierhoff, Juliette Verstaen, Eli Holmes, Emily Markowitz, Margaret Siple, Josh London, and 150 NOAA Fisheries Openscapes Champions on January 24, 2023

This blog post is co-written by NOAA Fisheries research staff who are Openscapes Mentors who supported colleagues during our four concurrent Champions Cohorts in Fall 2022. We’ll share what we did across all four Cohorts, as well as specific stories from each Cohort! We’ve also been building resources for NOAA Fisheries and beyond: https://nmfs-openscapes.github.io/ https://nmfs-opensci.github.io/ResourceBook/ https://rverse-tutorials.github.io/ Background: How NOAA Fisheries Openscapes Cohorts Worked From October-December 2022, over 150 staff from six NOAA Fisheries Science Centers and two Regional Offices, as well as from the Office of Science and Technology participated in the Openscapes Champions Program, a professional development training program for transforming analytical workflows with open science.

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