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.
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).
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.
Openscapes began to work with and onboard mentors over the summer while also beginning writing the Openscapes Approach Guide to help document our process. This post focuses on what the California Water Boards mentors learned and did as they assisted with the Fall 2021 Fisheries Dependent Data Users (FDD) and NOAA’s National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) Champions Cohorts. This blog post is authored by Anna Holder and Corey Clatterbuck from the California Water Boards Office of Information Management and Analysis (OIMA), who assisted the FDD and NMFS Cohorts, respectively, and the Openscapes team (Julie Lowndes and Erin Robinson) who make the Openscapes magic a reality.
In September-October, Openscapes led a 2-month Champions Cohort with Fisheries Dependent Data (FDD) Users, with over 30 fisheries scientists across academia and NOAA. These scientists were interested in exploring new approaches to working with FDD, which represents a complex mix of data and information collected to facilitate managing the region’s living marine resources. In the US Northeast, data flow from individual businesses and/or scientific samplers to the region’s scientific and management organizations.
In September-October, Openscapes led a 2-month Champions Cohort with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), working with over 30 fisheries scientists across four fisheries science centers at NMFS. These scientists were interested in exploring new approaches to scientific and data workflow, data analysis and stewardship, and project management—as it applies to the complex workflow required in analyses and reports involving diverse teams, data flows, and analyses.
This Fall we have been leading three Champions Cohorts, with Fisheries Dependent Data Users (FDD), NOAA’s National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS), and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Initiative (SASI). We’ll share separate blog posts about each Cohort; here we wanted to focus on how we have been iterating the Champions program. The Openscapes Champions Program is a leadership and professional development program modeled after Mozilla Open Leaders, focused on research teams, with original curriculum modeled from open data science lessons learned from the Ocean Health Index.
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.
Introducing the CS&S Champions Cohort The last Friday of June we celebrated the completion of our Code 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.
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.