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.

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LORIC 2.0 is a program for free support offered to SMEs based in Greater Lincolnshire. The LORIC 2.0 program has been set up by the existing team at Bishop Grosseteste University and is part-funded by the ERDF.

Please note that due to demand, we have paused enrolment of new beneficiaries for the time being.

For more information on what that means, check out the dedicated page for LORIC 2.0.

For more information about eligibility criteria, check out our service rates page.


LORIC has received funding through the ERDF to deliver data-driven consultancy to eligible SMEs until June 2023 (LORIC 2.0) This is in effect an extension of the programme of activities we offered between 2017 and 2019 (LORIC 1.0).

There are a set of criteria that a company must meet to be eligible for the free support: the ERDF-funded stream is specifically for SMEs based in Greater Lincolnshire that are entitled to support from this particular fund. For more details on eligibility criteria, please take a look at our services page.

For companies that do not meet the eligibility criteria, LORIC can still offer our services at our standard rates, or we can explore other funding options with you.

  • Is your business based in or trading from Greater Lincolnshire?
  • Does your business have less than 250 employees and less than a 50 million euro annual turnover?
  • Have you had less than 200,000 euros worth of GBER support?

If the answer to those questions is yes, then your business is highly likely to be eligible for funded support through LORIC 2.0. To learn more about exceptions and exclusions, please get in touch.

LORIC 2.0 part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is part of Bishop Grosseteste University. The LORIC project is receiving up to £399,030 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union, ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regeneration.

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