BIC Breakfasts 2016
Since 2013, BIC has run a series of informal, monthly breakfast sessions to provide an opportunity for anyone (BIC members and non-members alike) to discuss publishing, book supply chain issues, successes, and challenges of interest or concern within the book industry. Industry experts are invited along to these BIC Breakfasts to share insights and swap ideas.
The sessions cover a specifc topic each time and are a great place to network and share experiences / contacts with the rest of the book industry and other industries too.
Each session will focus on one of the following supply chain areas:
Migrating to Thema: Making the Most of the Global Marketplace
In a market that is inundated with metadata and so focussed on achieving discoverability, what can publishers do to help their books reach their desired, key audience in the global marketplace? Part of the answer is Thema – the book industry’s international subject categorisation scheme.
Released in November 2013, Thema is a multilingual, international scheme designed to meet the needs of publishers, retailers and trade intermediaries in all sectors of the global book publishing business. It is managed by an international group of stakeholders and is free to use. Thema aims to enhance the merchandising, discoverability and potential sales of books by simplifying the communication of accurate and detailed subject information across international markets and reducing the need to maintain – and map between – numerous national subject schemes.
As the book industry strives to become ever more sophisticated in terms of discoverability, Thema is surely the next logical step towards enhancing your organisation’s performance on the global stage. Attend this BIC Breakfast session on Tuesday 27th September 2016 to find out more about why your organisation should migrate to Thema now, the key advantages for publishers to do so, what you should consider during the migration process, and which organisations have migrated already.
Alaina-Marie Bassett, Business Manager, BIC
Howard Willows, Senior Manager of Data Development, Nielsen and Chair of the UK Thema National Group.
Azar Hussain, Head of Data, Faber & Faber.
Spaces are limited at all BIC Breakfasts and are allocated on a first-to-register basis.
If for any reason you are unable to attend this event or the event is sold-out, please be aware that it is now possible to watch our BIC Breakfasts via Twitter. Simply go to @BIC1UK, look out for a tweet from our account (which will be sent at approximately 9:25am on the date of the event) and click on the link provided in this tweet which will redirect you to Periscope in order to watch the event live!
Also, if you are not able to attend this event but have a question for one of our speakers then do get in touch. Either tweet at @BIC1UK (before or during the event) or contact Alaina-Marie Basett on email@example.com (prior to the event) to have your question put to our speakers.
Food and beverages will be provided during the event. Please contact Alaina-Marie (whose email address can be found above) if you have any specific dietary requirements.
Tickets are FREE for BIC members but you will need to register on this page.
There is a nominal charge for non-member tickets.
Please only reserve a ticket for this event if you intend to come!
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BIC is an independent organisation set up and sponsored by the Publishers Association, Booksellers Association, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and the British Library to promote supply chain efficiency in all sectors of the book world through e-commerce and the application of best practice, standard processes and procedures. We have excellent relationships with all major standards bodies and we work closely with the Book Industry Study Group in the US.
BIC unites all sectors of the publishing industry, so whether you're a publisher, on-line retailer, "bricks & mortar" retailer, distributor, library (academic or public), wholesaler, digital partner, literary agent, conversion house, or any combination of these, we're here for you. We offer a "one stop shop" experience, impartial advice and support on anything & everything related to the Supply Chain (digital and/or physical) and we always love to hear from our members...and anyone who might like to become a member. Your feedback is invaluable to us.
We want to hear your ideas, what you're working on, what's challenging you right now, and what changes/developments/projects etc you think the industry might benefit from - so that we can work on your behalf to deliver solutions.
Finally, as an FYI: without neglecting the printed book world, BIC will now be focussing an increasing amount of its energy on work in the Digital Supply Chain.
Digital & Physical Supply Chain, EDI/e-commerce, Metadata optimisation, Training courses, Industry Accreditation Schemes, Product Identifiers/Bar codes/ISBNs etc..., ONIX, Bibliographic standards, RFID, BIC Codes, Web Services, Addressing industry needs, Best practice