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.

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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Open Science for the Climate Movement, a chat with Dr Monica Granados

By Monica Granados, Julie Lowndes, Stefanie Butland on December 20, 2022

Reimagining open science as part of the climate movement Our 7th Openscapes Community Call featured a “celebrity interview” with Monica Granados, PhD. Monica is the Open Climate Campaign Manager at Creative Commons and on the Leadership team of PREreview. She is an open science specialist and a trained ecologist. Monica was interviewed by Julie Lowndes, PhD, Openscapes Director. Watch the recording on Openscapes YouTube. In this conversation, we dug into what each of us can do to connect our daily work to the climate movement.

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NASA Openscapes: efforts to support end users in the journey to the cloud

By Amy Steiker, Alexis Hunzinger, Luis Lopez, Catalina Oaida Taglialatela, Aaron Friesz and the NASA Openscapes Mentors on December 12, 2022

We are a mentor community across NASA Earth science data centers (Distributed Active Archive Centers - DAACs). We are co-creating and teaching common tutorials to support researchers as they migrate analytical workflows to the Cloud. We presented at several workshops and events this fall, including a 25-minute talk at NASA EOSDIS Systems Engineering Technical Interchange Meeting (SE TIM) that we reused at NASA’s Open Source Science Data Repositories (OSSDR) Workshop.

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Sound Bytes: Championing Open Science

By Kourtney Burger for NOAA Fisheries on December 9, 2022

This blog post is authored by Kourtney Burger and is cross-posted from the NOAA Fisheries Science blog. Kourtney works as a biological science technician with the SWFSC Acoustic Ecology Lab. She is responsible for the lab’s data management and general lab management and maintenance. Her current research interests include using passive acoustics monitoring as a non-invasive way to study marine mammals in their natural environments. When Kourtney’s not working, you can find her spending time outdoors and hanging out with her dog.

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