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.

Better science for future us

By Erin Robinson, Julie Lowndes on September 15, 2021

Openscapes Newsletter #4: Better Science for Future Us Welcome to Openscapes’ fourth newsletter! If you’re interested in seeing these infrequent updates in your inbox, pleasesign up here (linked from ourget involved page). Please join us for our upcoming Community Call: An RMarkdown chat with Alison Hill. September 30, 12pm PT. Register at openscapes.org/events. Better science for future us The start of Fall is nearly here and with the season change and back to school, we are reflecting on Openscapes’ work over the Summer and where we are headed this Fall.

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Better Science for Future Us: Plenary at the SORTEE Conference

By Julie Lowndes and Erin Robinson on August 1, 2021

In July 2021 we gave a plenary at the inaugural Society for Open, Reliable, and Transparent Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (SORTEE) conference. SORTEE is a research community organization working to improve reliability and transparency through cultural and institutional changes in ecology, evolutionary biology, and related fields broadly defined. SORTEE is doing important work elevating open science within environmental science, and it was an honor to present about Openscapes at their inaugural conference.

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CS&S Champions Cohort Takeaways: Seaside Chats, data access, resilient teams

By Erin Robinson & Julie Lowndes on July 13, 2021

Introducing the CS&S Champions Cohort The last Friday of June we celebrated the completion of ourCode for Science and Society (CS&S) Science Champions Cohort. This was our first open call for the Champions program, meaning that Cohort teams weren’t all part of a specific community or group that was funding the Cohort. We proposed this open call to CS&S and wanted this to be an opportunity to focus on improving how we promote and support diversity, equity, and inclusion in Openscapes, since we wanted to see who would be interested if anyone could join.

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Our Openscapes Cohort: CSU COAST

By Arie Dash on July 8, 2021

From the Openscapes Team: This is the second guest blog from Arie Dash, who is a Master’s student at Moss Landing Marine Labs and part of the Logan Lab at California State University Monterey Bay. He is studying how climate change affects rockfish gene expression and is excited to approach his thesis from an open science perspective. Arie wrote about his lab’s experience with the 10-week supercharge plan and is back to share his thoughts on participating in the CSU COAST Openscapes Champions Cohort.

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