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.

2022 NASA Champions Cohort

Meet the 10 science teams participating in the 2022 NASA Champions Cohort as they learn and plan how to migrate their research to the cloud:

And learn more about their work in the blog post:

From downloading data to Cloud access: NASA Openscapes Champions Wrap-up


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. 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, 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

The Openscapes Champions Cohort will run from March-April 2022. We will meet as a cohort five times over two months, on alternating Fridays. Additional hands-on Clinics will be scheduled within this period.

  • Dates: March 4, 18, April 1, 15, 29
  • Times: 10:00-11:30 am Pacific Time
  • Where: remotely, via Zoom
  • 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, Clinics, and collaborating with your research group to strengthen shared workflows.

Nominate your team for future Cohorts

We will have future Champions Cohorts coming up! Until opportunities are announced -

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