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BIC Thema: Essentials half-day training course

February 1 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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When: Wednesday 1 February 2023 from 13:00 to 17:30

Format: online

Fee: BIC & EDItEUR Members £160 + VAT; Friends of BIC £195 + VAT (includes Publishing Scotland members); Non Members £220 + VAT


Purpose of the Course

This course provides an introduction to Thema – the international subject classification scheme for the global book trade – explaining the need for such a scheme; its origins, development and uptake; its benefits across the trade; and the principles of implementing Thema in systems and product records.

After examining the key differences (and similarities) between Thema and the legacy schemes such as the BIC Standard Subject Categories scheme (BSSC), it is designed to replace, the course will provide delegates with the opportunity to experiment and have hands-on experience with applying correct Thema codes.

Please note, BIC plans to make obsolete the outdated BIC Standard Subject Categories scheme (BSSC) by the end of February 2024 and replace with Thema subject classification. For more details, please email


Benefits of Attending

As part of BIC’s suite of metadata training courses, this course will provide an introduction to the Thema subject classification scheme in the context of wider metadata best practice. Delegates will discover the benefits and rapid growth of Thema in both a global and UK context and explore the key features of implementing Thema in systems and managing the migration from BIC (the current UK standard) to Thema, looking at the available tools and supporting documentation.

Delegates will gain an understanding of the structure and application of Thema codes, concluding with the opportunity for practical, hands-on experience of allocating Thema codes, with a view to demonstrating how accurate subject classification is essential for effective search and discovery in-store and online.


Course Level

This course is aimed at anyone with an interest in book product data quality in general, and book subject classification in particular. Whatever your background, whether from an editorial, marketing or systems perspective, this course is relevant to individuals from all professional disciplines within the trade. Some familiarity with bibliographic subject classification (e.g., use of schemes such as BIC, BISAC or Thema) is assumed, but not considered essential.


Course Outline

Prior to the course, delegates will be contacted to enquire whether they have any specific areas of concern / interest. Although the course can be tailored to its attendees to a certain degree, the overall content is as follows:

  • An Introduction to Thema including its origins, benefits, development and adoption
  • Thema implementation
  • Context, i.e., how Thema codes are used globally
  • Hands-on, practical sessions in assigning Thema codes



For full details and to book, see BIC Thema: Essentials half-day training course on Eventbrite


February 1
1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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