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

Enabling a Smart and Equitable Agriculture Ecosystem Working Group (Midwest Big Data Innovation Hub)

Smart Cities Data Exchange

Urban to Rural Communities Working Group

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Upcoming Urban to Rural Communities Events


Urban to Rural Communities Professional Opportunities

2023-24 New Frontiers Graduate Fellowships

Applications due March 6th.

PEPI-G Program: Fellowships with Industry and Government

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Summer Training for Aspiring Researchers (STAR) Program

Applications due March 26th


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

Research & Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities, University of Montana

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

Guest post by Laura Dietz, University of New Hampshire This Success Story is a report on the results of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub’s 2020 Seed Fund program. Every winter, vast amounts of road salts are scattered onto streets across the northeastern U.S.. While important for our safety, ice-melt and rainfall wash this road […]

Pala Students Win ‘Best New Team’ Award at 2022 DataJam

Supercomputers can complete tasks so impressive that they have outpaced science fiction movies. However, they do more than that, they can provide inspiration to the next generation of scientists. One supercomputing center inspiring youth is the San Diego Supercomputer Center, or SDSC, at the University of California San Diego, which provides high-performance supercomputing and cyberinfrastructure resources […]