BIC’s Building a Better Business Seminar

BIC’s Building a Better Business Seminar

12 Apr 2018, 09:30 - 12:30

Olympia Room Grand Hall

10.00 – 10.05  Welcome - Karina Luke, Executive Director, BIC

10.05  EDItX & ONIX - Together at last!
With the advent of subscription, rental and other novel business models, product pricing has become more complex for publishers and retailers. Additions to the ONIX 3.0 standard over the last four years has enabled supply chain partners to exchange these new pricing details – but until now the EDItX Sales Reporting standard has not kept pace. A new version of EDItX is due for release that will bring the catalogue and reporting messages into line.
Speaker:  Graham Bell, Executive Director, EDItEUR

10.30  The new ISBN standard – how best practice sustains the supply chain
Find out what’s new in the revised ISBN standard and why best practice implementation still matters to all supply chain participants – from the impact on metadata, to bibliographic databases and sales reporting.
Speaker:  Stella Griffiths, Executive Director, International ISBN Agency
10.55  Building a more Accessible and Inclusive Future for our Books
This session will provide 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. Together we can build better book businesses for all!
Speaker:  TBC

11.20   Why Good Metadata is Crucial for Booksellers
[Synopsis to come]
Speaker:  Martin Hearne, Head of e-commerce at Waterstones

11.45   The BIC Metadata Map Project
Peter will launch this important project which plans to document the scope and effectiveness of the metadata supply chain from data creation (usually publishers), through to end users (consumers) in the UK trade, by seeking contributions from all parts of the chain. Only collaborating organisations will be able to access the shared knowledge, which is intended to be available through an updatable resource and which is hoped to help resolve issues and identify gaps in supply into the future. Find out how you can participate!
Speaker:  Peter Mathews, Data Services Manager, Cambridge University Press and Project Consultant

12.10pm  A.N.Other Speaker – maybe – this TBC.

12.30pm Thanks and CLOSE – Karina Luke, Executive Director, BIC



  • Karina Luke


    Executive Director


      Karina has worked in the book publishing industry for over 25 years, including 5 years with Dorling Kindersley, followed by 12 years at Penguin UK...

  • Martine Hearn


    Head of eCommerce


      Martin joined Waterstones in April 2017, bringing with him a wealth of experience in online bookselling, following technical roles at The Best...

  • 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...

  • Stella Griffiths


    Executive Director

    International ISBN Agency

    Stella has worked in publishing and international standards related roles for almost 30 years. She has held senior managerial positions in both the...

  • Peter Mathews


    Data Services Manager

    Cambridge University Press

      Peter has over 35 years’ experience in the UK Book Trade in bookselling (Hammick’s), book wholesaling (TBD), book metadata aggregation...

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