Use our framework to share and collaborate

What we call the Framework is what we use 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 administrate existing free or low-cost cloud-based solutions, services and open-source tools.


Slack is a real-time collaborative discussion platform, embedding features of a group chat and additional sharing capabilities, including snippets, files.

We use Slack for real-time exchange and discussion of scientific or technical nature.Several Channels exist in order to facilitate discussions and access to information. Below few are described, more can be freely added if needed by any registered member:

General discussion of potential interest for all members. It is also a place to introduce yourself and find your way around.
For planetary geoscientists and cartographers to discuss and share tools, techniques and resources, including GIS.
Discussions on software tools for analysis, visualisation and alike.
Information sharing or building related to training material, existing or newly developed.

If you're new to Slack, you can get started here.


GitHub a popular service for hosting and managing collaborative (software mainly) projects on the web.

OP team and members use GitHub for a variety of purposes, from sharing small scripts or tutorials (e.g. with Gist), to contributing to larger projects.

If you're new to GitHub, you can get started here.


Medium is an online publishing platform that has become popular by its ease-of-use and a hybrid collection of amateur and professional people and publications.

We publish short posts on Medium to reach out to the planetary science community and the general public. Topics we address are not limited but include planetary data, tools, workflow, science, community events; for example: availability of planetary data, including information on how the data are found, downloaded, processed, and used for cartography and scientific analysis; trends in data storage and rapid access; analysis and visualization tools using current and new algorithms and methods.

Read file.

Previously, our blog was hosted on GitHub. Read previous posts here.


Twitter is an online news and social networking service where users post and interact with messages, "tweets", restricted to 140 characters.

We use Twitter to reach out to the planetary science community and the general public, share OP-related news and announcements.

Tweet mentioning @openplanetary and it will get to us straight to us in Slack.

Other Components

Other framework components exist, binding things together and helping us to administer and operate OpenPlanetary. We are also exploring ideas to leverage existing online communities. Some others are more experimental at this stage and used for specific projects: CARTO, AWS S3, DISQUS, StackExchange.

Become a member

Membership is completely free. In addition to having access to Slack and a network of planetary research professionals, being an OpenPlanetary member will give you the opportunity to actively engage with other members of the planetary science community who are interested in topics related to open source software, and to contribute directly to our mission.