Focus on Urban to Rural Communities


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The objective of this focus area is to facilitate activities and collaborations focused on improving the understanding of data ecosystems in urban and rural environments, and the potential application of data analytics and responsible data science practices to benefit rural and urban communities, citizens, and the environment. This includes:

1. Enabling acquisition and leverage of interoperable and accessible data sets for use across rural and urban communities, for data driven community and environmental planning

2. In collaboration with the Health focus area, determining the impact of urbanicity on health and other measures of well-being, for humans and their environment

3. Creating data science innovations to envision and enable sustainable environments, including collaborations incorporating data science, environmental science, and biogeochemistry.


Current Projects on Urban to Rural Communities

Driver Video Privacy Challenge

Smart Cities Data Exchange

Urban to Rural Communities Working Group

Submit your project here


Upcoming Urban to Rural Communities Events


Urban to Rural Communities Professional Opportunities

Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC)

Stage 1 Deadline – May 5th
Stage 2 Deadline – February 1

Community Development and Engagement Program

Now accepting applications

Microsoft Research PhD Fellowship

Call for nominations closes June 7th

National Science Foundation’s Hydrologic Sciences Program

Proposals accepted on an ongoing basis.

NSF: Dear Colleague Letter: Sentinel Systems that Detect, Recognize, Actuate, and Mitigate Emergent Biological Threats

Learn more on the NSF’s website.

SEEDS Grant Program, South Big Data Innovation Hub

Applications accepted through June 3rd

The S.E.E.D.S Grant Program: Southern Engagement and Enrichment in Data Science

Applications accepted through June 3rd.

Transboundary Groundwater Resiliency Research Volunteer Opportunities:

Accepting applications on a rolling basis.


Urban to Rural Communities Career Opportunities

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Urban to Rural Communities Success Stories

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CUAHSI has been selected to be the Coordinating Hub for the Critical Zone (CZ) Collaborative Network

Guest post by Jerad Bales, Executive Director, CUAHSI The Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) located in Cambridge, MA, has been selected to be the Coordinating Hub for the National Science Foundation’s Critical Zone (CZ) Collaborative Network. The 5-year cooperative agreement became effective September 1, 2020. The Critical Zone is Earth’s living […]

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Water Data and Software Services to Support Discovery, Reproducibility, and Collaboration in the Water-Resources Domain and Beyond

Guest post by Emily Clark, Project Manager, CUAHSI The mission of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) is to enable interdisciplinary collaboration in the water sciences, provide critical cyberinfrastructure, and promote water science education at all levels. CUAHSI’s services can be especially useful in supporting the Northeast Big Data […]