BIC’s Building a Better Business Seminar 2017

BIC’s Building a Better Business Seminar 2017

16 Mar 2017, 10:00 - 12:30

Dark Room


Join us in this two and a half hour session where you will hear from book industry experts on a variety of topics, all ultimately focussed on helping you build a more efficient business.  You will learn how savvy publishers and retailers can radically improve their web page search ranking by using the extra markup vocabulary. You will hear about the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI), and how it can be used to identify contributors and organisations, how it is assigned and how it can help publishers improve their business. You will hear an update on how things currently stand regarding accessibility within the book industry, and some concrete suggestions about where we should be heading, things we should be doing, opportunities, and upcoming milestones for all players including distributors, libraries, and retailers.  You will learn, from recent 2016 studies in both the UK and the US about the importance of complete and timely metadata for discoverability and sales, what the latest trends are, the impact on the supply chain and ultimately the consumer. Discover what lies ahead for the book industry with regards cognitive/artificial intelligence via real-life examples of applications of this technology across editorial, marketing and operations.  Finally, learn what plans Amazon have for Thema – the subject category scheme for a global book trade – and how these plans will ensure an intuitive customer browsing experience.



Karina Luke, Executive Director, BIC

The Best Laid Schemes…
Graham Bell, Executive Director, EDItEUR

The Importance of Metadata for Discoverability and Sales
Clive Herbert, Head of Publishers Services, Nielsen Book Discovery Services

Building a More Accessible and Inclusive Future for our Books
Alicia Wise, Director of Access & Policy, Elsevier

A Question of Identity
Tim Devenport, IDItEUR and Executive Director, ISNI International Agency

Practical Applications of Cognitive/Artificial Intelligence in Publishing
David Ingham, Associate Partner, Media & Entertainment, IBM

Browse Tree Guides and Thema codes
Isabel Gouveia, Browse Developer & Taxonomist, Amazon

Thanks and close
Karina Luke


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Please note: this seminar is free to attend for both BIC Members and Non-Members alike.

For further information about this event and our speakers, please visit the BIC website.



  • Graham Bell


    Executive Director


    Graham is Executive Director of EDItEUR, responsible for the overall development of EDItEUR’s standards and the management services it provides on...

  • Tim Devenport


    EDItEUR and Executive Director, ISNI International Agency

    EDItEUR and ISNI International Agency

    After working as an independent consultant in the serials sector, Tim joined the EDItEUR staff in 2011. He has worked with many of the major academic...

  • Clive Herbert


    Head of Publishers Services

    Nielsen Book Discovery Services

    Clive Herbert joined Nielsen in 2002 in the role of Publisher Relations Manager and for the last fifteen years has worked with publishers large and...

  • David Ingham


    Associate Partner, Media & Entertainment


    David Ingham is a Partner in the Media & Entertainment practice at IBM. He works with clients to innovate commercial and operating models to achieve...

  • Karina Luke


    Executive Director

    Book Industry Communication (BIC) Ltd

    Karina has worked in the book publishing industry for over 23 years, including 5 years with Dorling Kindersley, followed by 12 years at Penguin UK...

  • Alicia Wise


    Director of Access & Policy


    Alicia holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and specialized in Iron Age archaeology. Since then she has...


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