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.

From downloading data to Cloud access: NASA Openscapes Champions Wrap-up

By NASA Openscapes Mentors, Erin Robinson, Julie Lowndes, Andy Barrett, Aaron Friesz, Alexis Hunzinger, Luis Lopez, Catalina Oaida, Jack McNelis, Christine Smit, Amy Steiker, Makhan Virdi on May 12, 2022

In Spring 2022 we led our first NASA Openscapes Champions Cohort for research teams that work with NASA EarthData. This cohort is funded by NASA and part of our NASA Openscapes Framework project. For this Cohort, we co-led the cohort with the NASA DAAC mentors and we focused on shifting toward Open science, collaborative, reproducible practices to support research teams as they transition from the download model to the Cloud.

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A Qualitative Data Analysis Chat with Dr. Beth Duckles

By Julie Lowndes, Erin Robinson, Stefanie Butland, Beth Duckles on April 26, 2022

A Qualitative Data Analysis Chat with Dr. Beth Duckles Our First 2022 Openscapes Community Call featured a chat with Beth Duckles PhD, a research consultant and social scientist. Beth helps technologists, designers and scientists gather and use human-centered data, supporting folks who are trying out their mixed methods or qualitative skills and want coaching and partnership. Beth is also the Founder and Co-Director of Open Post Academics (formerly the Athenas), an online peer-support community for people with a PhD who have left or are considering leaving academia.

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A supportive forum for continued learning and collaboration at NOAA Fisheries Alaska

By Em Markowitz, Josh London, Megsie Siple on April 7, 2022

In early 2022, 8 research teams from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) participated in the 2022 AFSC Cohort of the Openscapes Champions program. Teams focused their energy on a range of important research issues supporting the AFSC mission including shellfish, fisheries, marine mammals, stock assessments, ecosystem indicators, trophic relationships, and food habits. This post is written by AFSC researchers Emily Markowitz, Resource Assessment & Conservation Engineering (RACE), Josh London, Marine Mammal Laboratory (MML), and Megsie Siple, Resource Assessment & Conservation Engineering (RACE).

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Towards collaborative protocols with the Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Initiative

By Julie Lowndes, Erin Robinson, Lenny Teytelman, Emma Ganley on March 29, 2022

In Fall 2021 we led an Openscapes Champions Cohort for research teams part of the Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Initiative (SASI), funded by theGordon and Betty Moore Foundation. For this Cohort, we partnered withprotocols.io and co-led the cohort with a focus on collaborative, reproducible practices for writing protocols - reproducible methods that researchers use to collect data in the lab. Cross-posted on protocols.io Quick links: Cohort webpage: https://openscapes.github.io/2021-sasi/ SASI Cohort overview For this Champions Cohort, we worked closely with Lenny Teytelman and Emma Ganley, the CEO and Director of Strategic Initiatives at protocols.

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