Open Data is data that is available in a form that everyone can access, modify, use, re-produce and combine with other information,
however, not everyone is aware of how to harness its potential.

The key to Open Data is that it is free from restrictions on use, for example that it can be used for commercial, as well as for research purposes.

Open Data does not necessarily mean free data, but it must be made available for no more than reasonable reproduction or maintenance costs.

Increasingly, Open Data is driving innovations for large corporations and forward thinking start-ups.

Businesses are using Open Data to exploit gaps in the market, identify business opportunities, create new products and develop new business models.

LORIC brings this important shift to Greater Lincolnshire and makes it accessible to local businesses.

What Is Digitization?

Digitization is the process of converting paper records into digital ones, using the help of a variety of systems and hardware. The goal of digitization is to help businesses become more sustainable and better prepare for growth.

Is Digitization the Same as Scanning?

Digitization consists of the scanning, organizing, and meta-tagging of analogue files. This means that paper files must be scanned to be digitized, but full digitization also includes the additional processing of the electronic files, to make them easily searchable on an organisation’s database.

Which businesses are good candidates for digitization?

Digitization benefits businesses from all industries, but particularly those that rely on the availability of old archives and texts. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • historic archives
  • manuals for machines that are out of production or regularly updated
  • old books and magazines
  • maps
  • county records

What digitization options are available through LORIC?

LORIC can offer a variety of support through its digitization services: from teaching businesses to use the machines and renting them out,
to digitizing the archives themselves. Our business proposition is aimed at making digitization open to all.

LORIC has both a fast put-through scanner (ideal for loose-leaf documents) and an archival book scanner,
which can be used on any sized book or pamphlet, or indeed to scan posters up to A0 in size.

Interested in learning more? Sign onto one of our free events, or drop us a line at to discuss.

The LORIC building is open 8.30-5.00 Monday to Thursday and 8.30-4.30 on Friday. The building is not open on weekends and bank holidays.
Unless alternative arrangements have been made, the building and front gate will be locked at the stated times.

The building has level access, disabled toilets on the ground floor, and a lift. There is no hearing loop available. All rooms are carpeted and have soft furnishings.

Visitors with specific accessibility needs are advised to get in touch in advance with their event organiser to make appropriate arrangements.

All toilets in the building are unisex.

There is limited onsite parking available at the LORIC building. There are two dedicated disabled bays and two charging points for electric vehicles.
All visitors are advised to register their vehicles upon arrival, unless they have a staff or student pass.

In the event that there is no space in our building, alternative parking can be found at Westgate (LN1 3BG). Please be aware that charges will apply.

The LORIC building is a 10 minute walk from Bishop Grosseteste University’s main campus, near the Newport Arch, on 23 Newport, LN1 3DN.

  • The nearest bus stop to LORIC is BBC Radio Lincolnshire for lines 103, 7, 8, 17. Link to County Council maps.
  • Alternative bus stops are Cecil Street (for lines 3, 7, 17, A8, CT1) and the Assembly Rooms (for lines WR, CT1).
  • We have a bike store toward the back of the building.
  • The nearest train station is Lincoln Central.

Following return to office, we have started to open our building more for visitors. Please rest assured that if you are more comfortable meeting us online, we're more than happy to arrange a call via MS Teams! However, if you are visiting us in our building, please make sure to follow the following health and safety guidance.

Mask wearing is no longer required on campus, but if you would feel more comfortable wearing one, that is absolutely fine. If you forgot to bring a face covering and would like one, surgical masks are available at Reception.

There are hand sanitization stations on the ground floor for your convenience.

Room usage is determined by numbers of visitors, so if you are an event organiser, please make sure to follow the ventilation guidelines that we will send you when we confirm your booking. If you have a particularly large group, we might ask you to schedule a ten minute break every hour to allow your room to ventilate fully.

Finally, we ask all event organisers to liaise with their point of contact to make sure everything runs smoothly. Please be aware that the building might still be closed on a short notice if staff falls ill and we are not able to arrange cover.

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

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