Thursday, October 11, 2012

Global Subject Codes Standard: Thema

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) has started to look at a standard for subject codes, Thema.
Book industry representatives from 15 countries announced today the formation of a new, global standard to categorize and classify book content by subject. The project, initially known as Thema, was first announced during the Tools of Change Supply Chain Conference taking place during the Frankfurt International Book Fair....

The new standard is meant, initially, to work alongside existing standards such as BIC, BISAC, CLIL, etc. The long range goal is to move all markets to the global standard, helping to eliminate confusion among both upstream and downstream trading partners. BISG, working through the auspices of its Subjects Code Committee, will have responsibility for the application of the standard in the US.
Gary Price at InfoDocket alerted me to this. Thanks Gary.

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