Seaside Chats, etc.

We work together with varied technology and facilitations to provide structure. Here are the main ways we work together.

Artwork by Allison Horst for the MEDS program, this captures how we work too!

Seaside Chats

We build shared skillsets in part through Seaside Chats. These are regular meetings where we skillshare and learn together. This will likely be the avenue for onboarding. That will be a place where you can get familiar with any of the tooling and practices that we use. And, you can teach the rest of the team what you know so that we can all work better together. These often have an agenda in advance.


We also have co-working sessions where we work at the same time together. Sometimes, this means quiet work with check-ins to break up focused work and get feedback, and sometimes this involves screensharing to problem solve. These most often have no agenda.


We have hackathons to tackle specific tasks together. We use this word to mean working on something together in real time that benefits the project or team. These are often a good way to get early momentum on a project or to re-invigorate an existing project. We kick-started this guide during a 2-person hackathon! We made the github repo, quarto site architecture (section folders, chapter pages, and markdown headers) to outline the guide and built and iterated as we went.

Community Calls

We host ~4 Community Calls per year where we discuss and explore topics relevant to Openscapes. See past and upcoming events that Openscapes has either hosted or joined.

Community Calls are an hour long and generally follow this structure:

  • begin 5 mins prior: rotating welcome slides and pump-up music selected by the guest
  • 5 mins: welcome, code of conduct, plan for the call, introduce guest
  • 25 mins: prepared conversation with guest
  • 10 mins: moderated questions/discussion from the chat
  • 10 mins: open discussion
  • finish 5 mins before a full hour

Cohort Calls

Cohort Calls are the core of the Champions Program and the NASA Openscapes Framework. They are described more in the Champions Lesson Series. They are a big part of how we work as we work with research and mentors groups.

One note: we avoid having folks “shadow”on Cohort Calls, since we are building trust and so avoid have folks “drop in”. Instead, we can plan in advance to have them assist and introduce themselves if they are joining a Cohort Calls and learning by doing.

Social Hours

We host monthly virtual social hours May through August for people to (re)connect informally with other Champions, Mentors, or the Openscapes team (anyone in our Slack). Folks might share their wins, challenges, tips, and generally find commonalities. As we experiment, these may include ice breakers or breakout rooms (example).

To keep these truly low-barrier, no RVSP or preparation are required. The day and time may vary each month.

@channel Y’all are invited to our first Openscapes Social Hour!

Time: Monday, May 16th, 1:00 - 1:50pm PT (UTC -7)
Where: Zoom link
No RSVP or preparation needed 😅 Bring snacks / mocktails / cocktails!

We wanted to create a way for people to (re)connect informally with other Champions, Mentors, the Openscapes team, anyone in this Slack. I know many of you are keen to hear what others have been up to so come hang out! I’ll facilitate so I promise it won’t be awkward 😉 (This msg is pinned to this channel so you can find the details any time)


We have physical stickers we share with our community. These hex stickers are something from the R (#rstats) community that we put on laptops, waterbottles, etc.

So far we’ve ordered them from Sticker Mule, using dimensions following RStudio:

  • Die cut stickers
  • Size: 1.74” x 2”