About the Project

Creative industries database

Creative industries were defined broadly for the Creative Edge project to ensure as comprehensive as possible a dataset was collected for mapping. Data collection included the following creative sectors:

Craft, design, advertising, printing, publishing, digital media, software, gaming, TV, radio, film, architecture, engineering, photography, arts, music, theatre, technology, scientific research and retailing.

NACE (Nomenclature des Activités Économiques dans la Communauté Européenne), a pan-European classification system, which groups organisations according to their business activities, was used to define creative industries for Creative Edge.

A list of relevant NACE codes was drawn up and data collected based on these NACE codes across the partner regions. The database was constructed in 2013.

Data and sources

  • For the west of Ireland and Northern Ireland, the FAME database of UK and Irish companies was the main source of creative industries data. Location addresses logged in the database were mainly the company's place of trade, but in some cases were the company's registered address.
  • In the west of Ireland and Northern Ireland data was also supplemented with the Craft Council of Ireland's online directory of craftspeople.
  • In addition, in the west of Ireland and Northern Ireland searches of the internet for other publically available information were carried out and permission requested to add data to our database as necessary.
  • Data was sourced from AllaBolag.se for Västerbotten county in Sweden.
  • Owing to constraints, data was sourced for a shortened list of NACE codes (18, 58, 59, 60, 62, 63, 70, 71, 73, 74, 90, 91, 93) for Västerbotten county in Sweden.
  • Data was sourced from Statistics Finland for the Kemi-Tornio sub region of Lapland province in Finland.

Cultural database

A diverse range of cultural industry activities are aggregated in the cultural database. These include: festivals such as arts, literary and music festivals; cultural spaces such as theatres and museums; creative and cultural education courses; organisations and places of heritage.

Data and sources

Collecting a comprehensive dataset for the cultural database involved a wide range of sources and approaches. The overall approach is summarised below:

  • Contacting relevant cultural organisations to request data.
  • Searches of the internet for publically available information and permission requested from website owners to add their data to our database as necessary.
  • Printed materials such as promotional brochures for tourists and cultural events were utilised.
  • Important sources of information for Ireland and Northern Ireland were the register of charities and the tourism website Ireland.com operated by Tourism Ireland.

Mapping of festivals and cultural spaces

The Creative Edge project's cultural database houses a wider range of data than is mapped. Creative Edge has focused mapping on two of the categories in the cultural database:

  • Festivals & events
  • Cultural spaces & facilities.

This is where the most comprehensive dataset was gathered. A vast set of data is needed to adequately map all of the cultural categories. This is a potential area of future cultural mapping.


The following sources were used for regional map data: