Blogs

Nationwide Openscapes Training at NOAA Fisheries Science Centers: Facilitating Collaboration, Skill-sharing, and Open Science

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

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

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

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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Adapting the Champions Program for the California Water Boards

Note: Openscapes began to work with and onboard mentors over the summer of 2021 while also beginning writing the Openscapes Approach Guide to help document our process. This post focuses on what the California Water Boards mentors learned in 2022 as they led their own Cohort in the agency. This was the first Cohort to be “independently led” by mentors within their own agency, we hope the first of many!

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The why, what, and how of our NASA Openscapes cloud infrastructure: 2i2c JupyterHub and corn environment

The why, what, and how of our NASA Openscapes cloud infrastructure: 2i2c JupyterHub and corn environment I am a software engineer at the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Last month I gave a casual overview of our current cloud infrastructure set up with NASA Openscapes. The purpose was to share the why, what, and how of our setup with 2i2c JupyterHub and corn, to see how we can reuse what works and improve from other ideas.

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Vacationing with Open Science

I’ve just taken a 2+ week vacation and truly unplugged. While this post seems a bit personal for the Openscapes blog, I wanted to share a bit about how our open science process made it possible, because one of the things we hear often from researchers is that they feel like they can’t take vacation - too much rests solely on their shoulders, solely on their laptops. And I have felt this way too, which was one reason why time off was a long time coming.

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Aligning mission around collaborative practices, with researchers, supervisors, and IT

Note from Openscapes: This summer, we led a 2-month Champions Cohort with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center, working with 40 staff and affiliates. These participants were from research teams, supervisors, and IT, and were interested in exploring new approaches to collaborating around complex workflows required in analyses and reports involving diverse teams, data flows, and analyses. This Cohort was organized and coordinated by Adyan Rios, Molly Stevens, and Erica Rule, following Adyan’s participation in the 2021 Fall NMFS Cohort and her leadership since, including leading Surf Sessions, feature stories, and contributing to broader NMFS-Openscapes efforts including presenting to NMFS leadership.

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Quarto Keynote at the RStudio Conference

This is a brief post summarizing my co-keynote at rstudio::conf(2022), with Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel titled Hello Quarto: share, collaborate, teach, reimagine. All slides, demos, art, are available for reuse and remix! recording - rstudio.com/conference/2022/keynotes/collaborate-with-quarto slides - mine.quarto.pub/hello-quarto repo - github.com/mine-cetinkaya-rundel/hello-quarto art - https://twitter.com/allison_horst/status/1552693891706413056 twitter thread - https://twitter.com/juliesquid/status/1553527320308338688 At rstudio::conf(2022), I had the distinct honor to welcome folks to Quarto, which Openscapes has been using to collaborate and reimagine how we tackle inclusive environmental science & the climate crisis.

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Learning by doing: migrating to Quarto from Bookdown

Learning by doing: migrating to Quarto from Bookdown I just had rather a lot of fun working with Ileana Fenwick to convert a book to Quarto from RMarkdown! Given that Quarto is relatively new and there’s not yet an excess of resources beyond the official docs, we’ve documented how we did it. First, what is Quarto? It is a new open-source scientific and technical publishing system, building on ten years of what RStudio learned from RMarkdown, and extends these features beyond R.

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