Who we are and what we do

Our Mission

OpenPlanetary is a bottom-up 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.

Our main objective is to build and sustain a community around an online distributed framework enabling open collaborations.

Our Community

With 200+ members, the OpenPlanetary community is made of and intended for research and education professionals: scientists, engineers, designers, teachers and students, as well as space enthusiasts and citizen scientists.

It 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. It then continued during the 2nd USGS Planetary Data Workshop, and aggregated more people.

We are a small group of volunteers behind OpenPlanetary pushing forward the initiative:

Nicolas Manaud

Data UI/UX Designer

Angelo Pio Rossi

Planetary Scientist

Trent Hare

Planetary Cartographer

Jonathan McAuliffe

Operations Analyst

Stephan van Gasselt

Planetary Scientist

Santa Martinez

Archive Scientist

K.-Michael Aye

Planetary Scientist

Valentina Galluzzi

Geological Mapper

Chase Million

Software Developer

Angelo Zinzi

Planetary Scientist

Mario D'Amore

Planetary Scientist

Baptiste Cecconi

Planetary Scientist

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Our Framework

What we call the framework is what we use to stay connected, share, discuss, and collaborate on common community-driven projects. Our approach is to connect and administrate existing free or low-cost cloud-based solutions, services and open-source tools

Our current framework is essentially focused on communication and collaboration, using respectively Slack and GitHub. We reach out to the planetary science community and the general public, through our website, Blog, and Twitter.

Other framework components exist, binding things together and helping us to administrate and operate OpenPlanetary. We are also exploring ideas to leverage existing online communities, like for example with the use of a #planetary tag on StackExchange.


Anyone can contribute to our effort of building this community. Whether you want to write or improve blog posts, get help or participate to discussions in Slack, or contribute to existing or new projects on GitHub, it all starts in Slack. Fill in this form and we'll send you an invite to join our Slack team and become an OpenPlanetary member.

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