Digital Research & Innovation Value Accelerator (DRIVA)

Project Details


Digital Research and Innovation Value Accelerator (DRIVA) Arts DRIVA was a £1.3m project supported by the European Regional Development Fund and Arts Council England.

The aim of the project was to provide SMEs and creative professionals, across the Coast to Capital region, unprecedented access to Gatwick Airport’s big data and a range of support including innovation development processes, R&D grants, expert advice and access to specialist facilities. 

The project was also the official launch of the LGF funded ‘Satellite Catapult’ Data Research and Innovation Lab based at the University’s Moulsecoomb campus.
DRIVA Arts DRIVA provided technology SMEs and creative arts practitioners and organisations access to Gatwick Airport’s proprietorial data to develop innovative Next Gen products, services, experiences or artworks for the open market, in collaboration or partnership.

Arts DRIVA also worked with key cultural partners on a number of discrete projects to take arts DRIVA out on the road to new creatives, businesses and audiences and explore data as a driver for creative experiences.

Building on the findings of the Fuse Reports into the local CDIT (creative, digital and IT) sector, this ambition stood on an existing national and international legacy reaching back over two decades across the fine arts and digital industries.
The overarching objective of this project was to support more digital businesses to engage in knowledge transfer and innovation, develop links with Higher Education and research institutions, and demonstrate the benefits of working with those knowledge base partners. 

DRIVA overcame barriers to collaborative R&D for creative, digital and information technology sectors (CDIT) SMEs in the C2C LEP area, as defined by the Fuse Reports, Fusebox and Digital Catapult Centre Brighton (DCCB). The project extended the reach of DCCB activities and addresses evidenced challenges through ease of access to data, consortia building and facilitated access to new supply chains. 

DRIVA aimed to demonstrate: 
-how access to data incentivises innovation; 
-how innovation releases value from the data of large organisations; 
-provide the opportunity to develop a rigorous model for value capture and scalable growth.

DRIVA used Gatwick Airport’s data but developed products and services for the open market. Gatwick Airport Ltd had no interface with DRIVA users other than to provide technical support to facilitate access to data, and to provide a channel through which to understand a transport hub supply chain (WP2.7). Therefore Gatwick did not benefit from informing product/service development. Gatwick recognised that the value in its data can be exploited by third parties and that it can make a positive contribution to the region’s economic activity by facilitating access. DRIVA has the potential to be extended to facilitate access to other large data sets.

Key findings

Despite the challenges of the Covid19 Pandemic lockdown, remote access to the Gatwick data feed and the DRIVA platform supported the continued delivery of the project. Adjusted targets were met.

DRIVA support had high or moderate impact on the progress of SMEs data
driven innovation projects

Respondents invest in Research and Development (R&D) and Design, but don’t
have a specific budget for it. However, they expect to keep the same level of
spending or even increase in the short term

Companies that had interact with Gatwick Airport Ltd's data used it for creative
experimentation, accessing it to explore possibilities or to actually integrate it
into a project

Respondents that engaged with Gatwick Airport Ltd's were also subsequently
interested in collaborative research projects with HEIs that enable them to apply
for funding
Short titleDRIVA
Effective start/end date1/07/1831/01/21


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