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.

Urban to Rural Projects and NEBDHub Collaborations


Rural Communities Data Science Collaboration Opportunity!

A rural planning board member, community organizer, and data science student in Western Massachusetts, Tim Shores, wants to build and study data sets and models of rural society that can answer questions in the following topic areas about equity and justice, economic sustainability, and community self-determination:

– Rural planning and development

– Regionalization and localization of rural municipal and commercial services
– Rural ICT
– Natural resources and rural livelihoods

Individuals interested in this collaborative opportunity can email the NEBDHub Team at

 Upcoming Urban to Rural Communities Events

Urban to Rural Communities Funding & Presentation Opportunities

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Urban to Rural Communities Career Opportunities

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Urban to Rural Communities Resources

AI for Earth Tech Resources, Microsoft

Data for Rural Analysis, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Datasets APIs and open source projects related to Climate Change, GitHub

Education Across America: Cities, Suburbs, Towns, and Rural Areas, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Eleven Best Climate Change Datasets, Hackernoon

Environmental Monitoring Data, Microsoft

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) Data Files, Health Resources and Services Administration

Finding Statistics and Data Related to Rural Health, Rural Health Information Hub

In Search of Good Rural Data, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center

Interior Resources on Climate Change, U.S. Department of the Interior

Rural Data Portal, Housing Assistance Council

“Urban Sustainability and the Sharing Economy”, Steve Cohen, Columbia University

Urban to Rural Communities Success Stories

Interview: Combining Aerospace and Academia For A Sustainable Future

Laura Dietz

Forecasting Salinity in Rivers during Storm Events

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