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.

'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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Openscapes Events Spring 2021

By Julie Lowndes and Erin Robinson on March 4, 2021

Welcome to Openscapes’ second newsletter! If you’re interested in seeing these infrequent updates in your inbox, please sign up here (linked from our get involved page. Hello from Openscapes! We hope your March is off to a good start. We have three upcoming opportunities that we invite you to join and/or share with your colleagues. These include our first Community Call next week and two Champions Cohorts in May-June that have open registration!

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Welcoming Erin Robinson and 2021 Momentum

By Julie Lowndes and Erin Robinson on January 19, 2021

Welcome! This blog post is also Openscapes’ first newsletter. If you’re interested in seeing these infrequent updates in your inbox, please sign up here (linked from the get involved page). A note from Julie: Welcoming Erin Robinson to Openscapes 2020 was a difficult year. I count myself fortunate that I was able to work remotely and that Openscapes was conceived as a remote-by-design initiative. The unexpected disruption of COVID-19 allowed 2020 to be a year that I worked on building Openscapes as a sustainable program so that we can mentor more researchers going forward.

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