NASA Openscapes Champions Cohort

NASA Openscapes Champions is a mentorship and professional development opportunity for research teams using data from NASA Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs) and interested in open science and migrating their analytical workflows to the cloud.

Join us for our Spring 2023 NASA Champions Cohort, details below!


Openscapes is an approach for doing better science in less time1. We help research groups reimagine data analysis, develop modern skills that are of immediate value to them, and cultivate collaborative and inclusive research communities. Openscapes’ mentorship and community engagement approaches center on open data science as kinder science2, enabling increased efficiency and resilience for teams so that their work has more enduring impact.

Openscapes Champions is a remote-by-design mentorship program for environmental and Earth science research teams to explore open data science practices. For NASA Openscapes, research teams will also spend time experimenting and planning what their analytical workflows with NASA Earthdata look like in the Cloud. Participants attend as a team with their research group in a cohort with other teams, together learning how to reframe data-intensive science as a collaborative effort. By discussing open software tooling and communities enabling reproducible research (e.g. R/ Python/ MATLAB, GitHub, metadata, cloud), participants develop collaborative skills, mindsets, and habits and establish shared practices for increased efficiency in their own research, while contributing to a more inclusive scientific culture.

NASA Openscapes is a 3-year project to support scientists using data from NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs) as they migrate workflows to the cloud. As part of this work, we will offer the Openscapes Champions program several times from 2022-2024.

Champions Program Details

This NASA Openscapes Champions Cohort will run from April-June 2023! We will meet as a cohort five times over two months, on alternating Wednesdays.

  • Dates: April 19; May 3, 17, 31; June 14
  • Times: 10:00-11:30 am Pacific Time
  • Where: remotely, via Zoom
  • What we learn: details on our 2023 cohort webpage
  • Who: Cohort of 7 research groups that work with data from NASA DAACs. Each team consists of a team lead (faculty, principal investigator, etc) and up to 4 team members of your choice (graduate students, post docs, research techs, etc).
  • Cost: Free; this opportunity is supported by NASA through a grant to Openscapes
  • Expected time commitment: 8hrs/month for 2 months is a minimum expected time commitment. This accounts for 3 hours/month of synchronous Zoom calls, optional coworking times, and collaborating with your research group to strengthen shared workflows.

Nominate your team for Spring 2023

Nominate your team by completing this Google Form by April 7, 2023. This opportunity is open only to research groups that work with data from NASA DAACs. Priority will be given to researchers using data from DAACs participating in Openscapes this year: LP DAAC, NSIDC, PO.DAAC, GES DISC, ASDC, ORNL, and ASF.

Please submit one nomination per team, preferably by the team lead (faculty, principal investigator, etc). Participants from previous cohorts are welcome. We will confirm participation on a rolling basis.

Learn more

eScience Hackweeks share Openscapes’ goals of supporting research teams with inclusive open science practices for data-intensive science, and our events are designed with complementary structure to support these goals. The Champions Program supports teams in discussion-based planning and mindsets and meets virtually for 1.5 hours every other week for 2 months. eScience Hackweeks support hands-on skillbuilding and projects and meet daily for 5-10 days. NASA Openscapes is partnering with eScience to share lessons learned and better support researchers together, and we invite researchers to participate in both Openscapes Champions and eScience Hackweeks to learn and deepen your skills for long-term workflow change for modern science. Upcoming Hackweeks: 

Learn more about the Openscapes Champions Program, stories from previous cohorts, and FAQs about forming your team. Questions? Contact Openscapes: lowndes at

2022 NASA Champions Cohort

Meet the 10 science teams who participated in the 2022 NASA Champions Cohort, and learn more about their work in this blog post: From downloading data to Cloud access: NASA Openscapes Champions Wrap-up