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Open Science at NOAA Fisheries

Open Science at NOAA Fisheries

“Open Science is the principle and practice of making research products and processes available to all, while respecting diverse cultures, maintaining security and privacy, and fostering collaborations, reproducibility, and equity” – White House Office of Science and Technology Policy


NOAA Fisheries’ Open Science initiative supports scientists, developers, resource managers, and policy analysts in the adoption of modern, open, reproducible scientific workflows that enhance our already groundbreaking scientific work. This vision importantly also enables more timely fulfillment of NOAA’s Open Science mandates: NOAA Data Strategy, NOAA Fisheries Data Vision, DOC Open Source Code Policy, Federal Data Strategy, the Federal Open Access Memo, and the Open Government National Action Plan.

This is an ambitious Open Science vision that requires actively supporting staff as they transform to reproducible workflows and work products that will employ transparent and accessible data-driven science and decision-making. Such transformation calls for both increased collaboration, expanded support of Open Science, Open Data, and Open Source communities and initiatives within NOAA Fisheries. Focus Areas:

  • Support Open Science and Open Data literacy across NOAA Fisheries and in our user bases
  • Identify staff training needs and facilitate access to trainings
  • Support and amplify Open Science user groups and activities
  • Provide training and access to Open Science tools and products to support staff needs and tasks
  • Identify technical and administrative barriers that staff face in transitioning to Open Science and advocate for solutions
  • Help NOAA Fisheries staff collaborate with the wider Open Science and Open Source communities

The NOAA Fisheries Open Science Community

NOAA Fisheries Open Science is a community of leaders from Open Science and Open Data initiatives across the line office that work together to identify common needs and areas of synergy to execute the NOAA Fisheries Open Science vision of supporting staff in fulfilling federal Open Science and Open Data mandates. These leaders meet to discuss the most pressing needs for scientists, developers, resource managers, and policy analysts, triage these needs and promote solutions, and identify areas where collaboration can improve data-driven workflows and build capacity. NOAA Fisheries Open Science also organizes discussions and outreach efforts to support and communicate the importance and value of Open Science and Open Data.

For more information contact the NMFS Open Science initiative lead: Elizabeth Holmes, PhD.


Last updated by Office of Science and Technology on January 04, 2024