Open Science Innovation Session at AGU23 - Looking for ideas/input

Hi all,

@paigem and I are going to be submitting a proposal for a full-day innovation session at AGU 2023 similar to last year’s Open Science Practices and Success Stories Across the Earth, Space, and Environmental Sciences.

Instead of a traditional oral/poster session, an Innovations session allows us to make our own schedule and format, where we can mix oral talks, demos, workshops, tutorials etc.

Since this format gives us more flexibility, I wanted to solicit ideas from the community on what kind of structure you think would drive engagement and discussion around this topic that’s historically missing from traditional conference sessions.

For example, Paige and I were brainstorming earlier today and came up with an idea to have the whole session organized around a Jupyter Book where each presenter is given the opportunity to build a page related to their talk (could be as simple as an abstract + link to slides or as complex as an interactive demo).

We welcome any ideas you might have!


I think organizing around Jupyter Book is a really interesting idea. It could result in attendees having a useful artifact to make use of post-AGU (which often isn’t the case for AGU sessions). It may even be useful for folks that were not able to attend (either the session or the entire conference).

For presenters, the barrier to entry could be quite low… have them file a GitHub issue for the change they want to make → teach them how to execute a GitHub PRs entirely in the browser.

For attendees, you could also have them engage by filing issues (or maybe enable GitHub Discussions).

There is a risk of this being too GitHub centric (that seems to be the standard for Jupyter Books), but part of the discussions could be about all the various options for version control, discussions, static page hosting, etc.

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Hi @lsterzinger @paigem @tylere! I was just discussing this post with @tsnow03, who is now leading our CryoCloud efffort, and we’d love to find ways to help out, if you’re interested! The CryoCloud effort/community is a natural evolution of many ideas trialed in Pangeo/Jupyter Meets the Earth, and we’ve been iterating there on the pattern of “building tech/tools we want to use, that embody values we share and promote, to support a community we want to help thrive.”

The work at CryoCloud/JMTE is being done in close partnership with the team at 2i2c (esp. @yuvipanda, @jmunroe & Jim Colliander), and is funded by NASA TOPS. We’d be happy to pitch in with some of that material and use an innovation center as a place to connect with other teams/efforts doing similar things…

Let us know how this sounds and how you’d prefer to potentially coordinate - happy to discuss here or via any other channel.

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@tylere you’re totally right about it being github-centric but seeing as it’s the most popular tool and we can host the book on Github Pages for free, I think we’ll likely go down that road. I think a page of non-Github version control/static hosting would be a great resource to include

@fperez @tsnow03 it would be great to collaborate on this! We have the maximum amount of co-conveners already, but I’d be really interested in hearing any ideas you might have on how to bring in CryoCloud/JMTE. Maybe we can find a time to meet along with @paigem and our other conveners sometime soon?

@lsterzinger and @paigem. We’d love to chat. Would sometime this Friday work for you? We are fairly open.

Great! Can’t speak for @paigem (who I think is traveling this week) but I have availability on Friday before 5pm. I’ll shoot you a private message on here to coordinate

@lsterzinger I’m a graduate student interested in open science and working with @tsnow03 and @fperez on CryoCloud. I recently co-authored and delivered a tutorial as a resource for CryoCloud. I’d love to be involved in brainstorming for your AGU session. I’m mostly free this Friday.

The session sounds interesting and I’m glad that you are thinking outside the traditional oral/poster session format. I think having a lot of these session GitHub centric could be useful for presenters and audience members to get more familiar with Git and GitHub’s handy features for collaborative open science like Issues and Discussions.