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Compendium of Hubs for Digital Media Content Creation

The Compendium of Hubs for Digital Media Content Creation was created as a follow up to a recommendation in CHRC's Technology Roadmap for Digital Media Content Creation which called for support of "collaborative environments for content creation."

The Compendium is a database allowing users to search through the compendium's list of digital media content creation hubs in Canada. CHRC will be updating it on an ongoing basis, as we are informed of changes, additions and deletions from the industry. A small Advisory Committee assists with vetting new information.

In Spring 2010 a snapshot of the Compendium was created and is available in PDF form.

This project is funded by Industry Canada.

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Hubs: The term 'hub' was used to define a significant and observable cluster of activity. They have a stated mandate or "focus of activity" that include supporting the digital media sector. They also needed to demonstrate some tangible delivery of services to the sector, be they wireless testing labs or annual conferences. Hubs include both for profit and not-for-profit entities, and sometimes include private facilities as long as there is some form of access for the sector overall. They are found in physical and online spaces and in groups of people.

People Hubs: Clusters of activity that help people gain the skills, knowledge and attributes required to produce digital media products, services and applications.

These were considered to include:

  • Credit and non-credit post-secondary programs,
  • Formalized mentoring programs,
  • Regular organized knowledge sharing events, such as demo camps, workshops,
  • Non-profit associations, industry-related professional associations,
  • Regularly held annual conferences.

Process Hubs: Clusters of activity that provide the structured processes required to produce digital media products, services and applications.

These were considered to include:

  • Testing facilities, such as wireless testing labs, rendering farms,
  • Hardware rental facilities, such as motion capture studios, editing suites,
  • Online virtual development spaces and programs,
  • Incubators, Research and Accelerator types of programs.

Product Hubs: Clusters of activity that help commercialize and market digital media products, services and applications.

These were considered to include:

  • Commercialization centres and technology parks,
  • Business matchmaking services, events,
  • Regularly held trade shows, export programs,
  • Venture Forums, Venture Funds,
  • Marketing Alliances, Consortiums.