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Progress within the RUSTIK project: with first reports and a third meeting the project on data infrastructures for sustainable rural areas is taking shape

How are functional rural areas defined in the RUSTIK project? What do we mean by transitions in the field of digitalisation, socio-economy and environment? These questions are answered in the first substantive report of the RUSTIK project. It thus forms an important basis for the work in the 14 Living Labs across Europe, in which needs for the use of data are collected and experiments are conducted with new data sources and infrastructures. Internal reports on communication and knowledge transfer as well as data management in the project were also completed.

These first reports were among the topics discussed in the online project meeting at the end of March with 54 participants from partner organisations across Europe. In addition, the External Advisory Board of RUSTIK introduced itself to the project partners and was updated on the project. 

The next steps in the RUSTIK project, coordinated by the IfLS, are recording the status quo in the Living Lab pilot regions and the role of European and national policies, and preparing the first Living Lab cycle.

Contact at IfLS: Simone Sterly (