DigiBIC

The DigiBIC Creative Industries Network unites leaders in research, Innovation, industry and finance in order to optimise deployment of new ICT-based cultural ad memory preservation services.

DigiBIC is a project focused on the deployment of best practice, tools and results from FP6, FP7 and National research projects in cultural heritage, digital libraries and preservation to the wider Creative Industry (CI) sector and in particular to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Partnering these research leaders, is a network of partners and associate partners from across Europe who are specialised in assisting start up companies and SMEs to exploit new technologies and market opportunities originating in research environments. In its initial phase, the DigiBIC project focused on results from 12 European funded  projects in Digital Libraries and Content whose results have been prioritised as of high interest and potential for deployment to digital and CI's. Within 18 months over 40 deals for these technologies had been closed. Today DigiBIC provides the ideal platform for the deployment of technologies emerging from all research initiatives in ICT- based cultural and memory preservation services from across Europe.  Partnering these research leaders, is a network of partners and associate partners from across Europe who are specialised in assisting start up companies and SMEs to exploit new technologies and market opportunities originating in research environments. In the long run the objective of DigiBIC is to create a sustainable European showcase for the creative industry sector providing practical tools and support to access European expertise in technology, services, innovation and financing.

Analysis of the best practice in innovation support and Technology deployment in Creative SMEs.

Specific needs analysis of European Creative SMEs.

The aim of first report is to provide a set of recommendations regarding communication, dissemination and deployment of research results, technologies and related tools identified and developed through Digibic towards Industry.

In order to avoid overlapping or duplication of activities undertaken in current or previous projects and initiatives the report contains an analysis of best practices in innovation support based on previous studies, projects and initiatives involving various regions or countries in Europe and points out the lessons learned and where feasible opportunities for future collaboration.

The aim of second report is to provide an analysis on the data collected by the different Innovation partners of DigiBIC on the status of local European Creative Enterprises concerning their technology needs. In particular, the report analyses the level of interest in supporting deployment of new technologies to local CI SMEs in different parts of Europe and points out the lessons learned and opportunities for future commercial collaborations among CI SMEs where feasible. Experiences and results of this analysis will serve as the basis to understand technology needs of CI SMEs and how they match with the five DigiBIC Technologies identified for immediate deployment from an initial portfolio of 13 applied research projects (FP6/FP7) supported by the European Commission.