While cities are facing a wide range of challenges, they increasingly become an open platform for innovation that enables new forms of co-creation, making, learning and trading by combining new technologies with traditional values, expertise and skills. Urban creative ecosystems are often isolated from their counterparts in other cities. As a consequence, the is an immense potential for innovation by connecting local creative ecosystems.
The Creative Ring facilitates these engagements, by enabling a European-wide, technology-supported experimental ecosystem for creative talents, professionals and stakeholders working in and with the Creative Industries in order to
Using DataScouts to map and explore the creative ecosystems, provides the means to combine a data-driven approach with a bottom-up methodology to curate the data and discover the enabling connections. DataScouts facilitates the communication between policy makers, researchers, the creative communities and industry partners. The fact based approach allows the ecosystem leads to monitor defined KPIs to measure the vibrancy of a creative ecosystem and the economic as well as societal impact they generate.
On the other side, DataScouts allows to enhance the mapping of the local creative ecosystems with non-structured information, inviting stakeholders to contribute to the platform, adding an informative layer about the different actors, their aspirations and their contributions to the innovation ecosystem, facilitating cross-disciplinary matchmaking, co-creation and co-performance.