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27 September 2020

BIC's Thema: Essentials Half-day

26 October 2020

Date :   Tuesday 26 October 2020
Time:   13:00 to 17:00 
Format: online / virtual training
Trainers: Graham Bell, Executive Director, EDItEUR and Chris Saynor, Standards Editor, EDItEUR


Publishing Scotland members can attend BIC's courses at Friends of BIC rates.

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 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.

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.

Attendance will enable delegates to act as Thema advocates within their own organisations.

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


BIC Members £150 + VAT
Friends of BIC £155 + VAT
Non Members £180 + VAT

Full details, book and pay ON EVENTBRITE. Book by 19 October 2020.