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. Here’s how:



Engage

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.

Empower

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.

Amplify

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 environmental scientists with open data science tools and grows the community of practice in their labs, departments, and beyond.

Operated by NCEAS and incubated by Mozilla

Openscapes bridges environmental synthesis science with the open movement. Learn more about us.

    

From our blog

Blogs are both Openscapes stories and advice snippets for the community. Some are cross-posted on Medium.com. Also, see our media page.

A conference for open data leaders

By Julie Lowndes on May 20, 2019

A conference for open data leaders I attended csv,conf,v4 in Portland, Oregon in May 2019. Here are a few reflections about the conference and a bit about my talk where I shared progress from the Openscapes Champions. csv,conf,v4 has a unique name and draws a unique and powerful crowd as a “community conference for data makers everywhere”. It is the only conference I’ve ever attended with a name stemming from a format for open data (comma separated value [CSV] files), and the only conference with scheduled time with a real-life therapy llama [Rojo the Comma Llama].

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Starting our #tidytuesday hacky hours

By Allison Horst on May 2, 2019

Starting our #tidytuesday hacky hours This is our first community blog post by Openscapes Champion Allison Horst! Hi everyone! I’m Allison. I teach data analysis, statistics and presentation skills to graduate students at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara. I’m also an Openscapes Champion. In Openscapes we discuss the need to create supportive spaces, like coding clubs, for useRs to practice and grow their coding skills.

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Openscapes Summit reflections 2 — Changing the way we do science

By Julie Lowndes on April 25, 2019

Openscapes summit reflections 2 — Changing the way we do science This article is cross-posted on medium.com In March 2019 I witnessed environmental scientists become champions for open data science when we brought the inaugural cohort of Openscapes Champions together for a summit in Santa Barbara, California. The summit was supported by Mozilla and hosted at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) with the purpose of building relationships, sharing lessons learned, and igniting collaborations.

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Openscapes Summit reflections — becoming champions

By Julie Lowndes on April 8, 2019

Openscapes summit reflections — becoming champions This article is cross-posted on medium.com In March 2019 I witnessed environmental scientists become champions for open data science when we brought the inaugural cohort of Openscapes Champions together for a summit in Santa Barbara, California. The summit was supported by Mozilla and hosted at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) with the purpose of building relationships, sharing lessons learned, and igniting collaborations.

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