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.