Digital Communities: A Study to Determine the Feasibility of Creating a Digital Content Industry Cluster in Western Australia

TitleDigital Communities: A Study to Determine the Feasibility of Creating a Digital Content Industry Cluster in Western Australia
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2004
Tertiary AuthorsMazzarol, T, Patmore, R, van Heemst, N, Wong, J, Adam, D
PublisherCentre for Entrepreneurial Management and Innovation (CEMI)
TypeIndustry Research Report
Keywordsdigital content industries, industry clustering

This report outlines the findings of a study to examine the feasibility of establishing an industry cluster focusing on the digital content industry in Western Australia and the factors and skills development needs required for such an industry cluster to be viable. This study employed a methodology involving a literature review and definition of the digital content industry, the mapping of key industry and employment concentrations within the digital content sectors, a survey of key industry sectors, case studies of selected industry representatives, and a series of industry workshops leading to the study’s  recommendations.The study identified two clear opportunities for the development of viable creative digital content clusters in Western Australia. These two opportunities exist in the spatial sciences and creative industry sectors. The spatial industry digital cluster offers the benefit of leveraging from its close relationship with the WA mining and resource sector, and the DLI, to develop innovative products that would not only benefit local industry, but also provide opportunities to commercialise world leading intellectual property. The creative industry cluster holds out an initial opportunity to leverage intellectual property developed in the WA education and training sector to provide value added content for broadband distribution to WA schools and colleges. Over the longer term the creative digital sector has other opportunities exporting product into the global educational and entertainment market. Provided they are given the opportunity to flourish, both of these clusters will provide high value employment opportunities to the WA community, and begin to position WA as the “State of Digital Innovation”.

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