The nature of R&D and innovation within the creative and content industries generally has not been closely examined. This largely reflects the sorry fact that these industries have tended to be at the fringes of national discussions about science and innovation policy, and of related funding and industry programmes. A further complication is that there is little systematic data about the extent and nature of R&D activity and funding in the creative industries in general and for digital content production in particular.
This current study has been part of a multi-stage programme of work examining digital content production and applications within creative industries, and the extent to which an industry cluster is developing, or could develop, around digital content activities. The programme’s focus on possible clustering provides a natural springboard for extending the study into this area of innovation systems and the role of research and development.