Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2018

Presentation information

[EE] Evening Poster

M (Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary) » M-GI General Geosciences, Information Geosciences & Simulations

[M-GI23] Open Science as a New Paradigm: Research Data Sharing, Infrastructure, Scientific Communications, and Beyond

Wed. May 23, 2018 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM Poster Hall (International Exhibition Hall7, Makuhari Messe)

convener:Yasuhiro Murayama(Strategic Program Produce Office, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology), Yasuhisa Kondo(Research Institute for Humanity and Nature), Baptiste Cecconi(LESIA, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, PSL Research University, 共同), Sean Toczko(Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology)

[MGI23-P08] OpenPlanetary: An Open Science Community and Framework for Planetary Scientists and Developers

Nicolas Manaud1, Angelo Pio Rossi2, Chase Million3, Trent Hare4, Stephan van Gasselt5, Mario d'Amore6, Alessandro Frigeri7, *Baptiste Cecconi8, Michael Aye9, Jonathan McAuliffe10, Angelo Zinzi11 (1.SpaceFrog Design, Toulouse, France, 2.Jacobs-University Bremen, Bremen, Germany, 3.Million Concepts LLC, State College, PA, United States, 4.USGS Astrogeology Science Center, Flagstaff, AZ, United States, 5.Dep. Land Economics, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, 6.Institute of Planetary Research, German Aerospace Center, Berlin, Germany, 7.INAF, Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali, Rome, Italy, 8.LESIA, Observatoire de Paris, CNRS, PSL, Meudon, France, 9.University of Colorado, LASP, Boulder, CO, United States, 10.DLR GfR mbH, Galileo Control Center Oberpfaffenhofen, Weßling, Germany, 11.Space Science Data Center - ASI, INAF-OAR, Rome, Italy)

Keywords:Open Data, Community, Planetary Sciences

OpenPlanetary, OP for short, is a community-driven initiative and effort to address the need of the planetary science community for sharing ideas and collaborating on common planetary research and data analysis problems, new challenges, and opportunities [1].

With 300+ members across many countries, the OpenPlanetary community is made-up of and intended for research and education professionals: scientists, engineers, designers, teachers and students, as well as space enthusiasts and citizen scientists.

Our common goal is to promote and facilitate the open practice of planetary science and data analysis for professionals and amateurs. We do so by organizing events and conducting collaborative projects aimed at creating scientific, technical and educational resources, tools and data accessible to all.

We develop and use an online framework to stay connected, share, discuss, collaborate on common community-driven projects, and to reach out to the planetary science community and the general public. Our approach is to connect and administer existing free or low-cost cloud-based solutions, services and open-source tools (such as Slack, GitHub, and AWS S3).

One of our flagship project is OpenPlanetaryMap (OPM), an open planetary mapping and social platform to foster planetary mapping and cartography on the web for all. With OPM, our goal is to make it easy and collaborative to create and share location-based knowledge and maps of others planets of our Solar System [2].

We held our first “OpenPlanetary Data Café” at the at the European Planetary Science Conference 2017 in Riga, Latvia [3]; the idea for this Data Café was to invite both junior and senior scientists to share their expertise, tools, science use cases and issues through participative hands-on sessions.

OpenPlanetary started back in 2015 from an initial participants effort to stay connected and share information related to and beyond the ESA’s first Planetary GIS Workshop [4]. It then continued during the 2nd USGS Planetary Data Workshop [5], and aggregated more people.

We are now establishing OpenPlanetary as a non-profit organisation in order to provide us with a legal framework to sustainably fund our projects and activities, and better serve the planetary science community as a whole. We also intend to enter the Europlanet Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signatory group [6] so as to gain more visibility and credibility within the community. We will present the challenges, results and our experience of building such a community.

[1] OpenPlanetary website: http://openplanetary.co,
[2] “OpenPlanetaryMap: Building the first Open Planetary Mapping and Social platform for researchers, educators, storytellers, and the general public”, N. Manaud et al., Vol. 11, EPSC2017-27-1, 2017,
[3] “OpenPlanetary Data Café at EPSC 2017”, http://bit.ly/op-data-cafe_epsc17,
[4] “Summary and Recommendations from the 2015 ESAC Planetary GIS Workshop”, N. Manaud et al., Lunar Planet. Sci. XLVII, #1387,
[5] “Planetary Data: Workshops for Users and Software Developers”, http://bit.ly/PlanetaryDataWorkshops
[6] EuroPlanet, http://www.europlanet-2020-ri.eu/consortium