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Dissertation submitted for the award of MSc. in Computing (Knowledge Management).


The attractiveness of emerging low wages economics to primary industries such as manufacturing and production is forcing many western economies to transition to knowledge economies. In the absence of many forms of primary industry lost to low wage economies, the European Union and its members are fast realising the importance of attracting knowledge based enterprise in order to maintain Europe’s economic climate. Ireland too has a stated aim to become a knowledge economy by the year 2010. This can be achieved by investing in higher education and attracting knowledge industry to the country. Ireland has made some progress to achieving this aim. The purpose of this project is to assess the current state of Ireland’s Knowledge Economy in light of set targets for 2010. This project proposes to use a Geographical Information System (GIS) and the principles of Knowledge Management to asses Ireland’s progress towards its Knowledge Economy objectives. GIS and principles of knowledge management can be used to give an alternative and richer overview of Ireland’s knowledge economy and help to identify areas of Ireland that are on target to reach the knowledge economy objectives and are suitable for further knowledge based enterprise investment.