Encouraged by the success of our first OpenPlanetary Data Café in Riga last year, we are organising a second edition in Berlin for the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC).

We’ve taken into account for participants feedback who said they would like to see more short hands-on tutorials and less chit-chat the next time.

This year, we decided to start following an unconference format: a participant-driven meeting where the agenda is created by the attendees at the beginning of the event. Anyone who wants to initiate a discussion on a topic can claim a time and a space. Unconferences typically feature open discussions rather than having a single speaker at the front of the room given a talk, although any format is permitted.

During an OpenPlanetary Data Café, you can expect to learn new tools or techniques that can help you in your workflow, to find help for a problem you have, and to participate in co-creating activities related to community-driven projects.

Why would you need to create a map of Mars? For fun yes, but what else?

As a scientific communicator, journalist or educator, you may want to tell engaging stories about the active exploration of the red planet. Mars missions from international space agencies are returning a growing wealth of scientific data. Few of them are turned into public outreach material, typically static images or maps, that you can use in support to your narrative. However, by nature, they lack interactivity and contextual information needed for further exploration and understanding by your audience.


OpenPlanetaryMap, fostering planetary mapping and cartography on the web for all

We are a small group of researchers, developers and designers passionate about planetary mapping and cartography. With the support of CARTO and Europlanet, we are building the first Open Planetary Mapping and Social platform for planetary scientists, space enthusiasts, educators and storytellers to easily and collaboratively create and share location-based knowledge and maps of Mars and other planets of our Solar System. …

At OpenPlanetary, our 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.

This year we had the opportunity to organise our first Open Data Café at the European Planetary Science Conference 2017 in Riga, Latvia.

EPSC 2017 OpenPlanetary Data Cafe Splinter Meeting

The idea for this Café was to invite both junior and senior scientists to share their expertise, tools, science use cases and issues. …


Nicolas Manaud

Freelance Product/UX Designer and Planetary Data Consultant

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