BIC’s Building a Better Business Seminar

BIC’s Building a Better Business Seminar

14 Mar 2019, 10:00 - 12:30

Club Room, National Hall Gallery

10.00 – 10.05 Welcome – Karina Urquhart, Executive Director, BIC


10.05 – 10.25 Inclusivity, Diversity & Metadata  

Speakers: Chris Saynor, Standards Editor, EDItEUR & Andrew Isabirye, Data Scientist - Metadata, Penguin Random House  

This session will explain how Thema (the subject category scheme for a global book trade) can be used to help identify and improve the discoverability of titles suitable for a more diverse and inclusive audience.   

10.25 – 10.30   Questions for Chris & Andrew


10.30 – 10.50 How Well is the Industry Implementing Accessibility?   

Speaker: Sarah Hilderley, Communications, Inclusive Publishing 

Just where are we at with regards to accessibility in our digital content? Inclusive Publishing will present details from their recent survey and consider how far the publishing industry has come with regards building accessibility into their mainstream digital products. Check in with this presentation to make sure you’re on track and aware of the tools and solutions which provide reassurance and help keep publishers current. 

10.50 – 10.55  Questions for Sarah


10.55 – 11.15 ISNI: Managing Identities in the Publishing Supply Chain  

Speakers: Andrew MacEwan, Head of Content & Metadata Processing, The British Library & Tim Devenport, Executive Director, ISNI International Agency  

During this session, Tim will give an overview of the ISNI system and Member network and provide an update on recent developments. Andrew will provide a case study of how the use of ISNI at the British Library opens up new opportunities for collaboration with the publishing industry.  

11.15 – 11.20   Questions for Andrew & Tim


11.20 – 11.35 Metadata In The Age of Social Media 

Speaker: Stephen Long, Global Managing Director, Book Discovery & Commerce Solutions, Nielsen Book  

Good metadata aids discoverability, which in turn drives sales, but what impact has social media had? Stephen Long will explore some of the digital marketing tools and trends influencing the discovery and sales of books.  

11.35 – 11.40   Questions for Stephen


11.40 – 11.55 The BIC Metadata Map Project  

Speaker: Peter Mathews, Project Consultant for the BIC Metadata Map  

Peter will provide an update on 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!  

11.55 – 12.00   Questions for Peter


12.00 – 12:25 The Secret Lifecycle of eBooks: Dispelling the Myths Surrounding eBook Maintenance & Looking at Retrospective Validation  

Speakers: John Bell, Publishing Systems Manager, HarperCollins Publishers; Nick Coveney, Publisher Relations & Content Lead, Kobo UK and ANZ; & Ruth Jones, Director Global Sales, Digital Services, Ingram Content Group  

It can sometimes be a misconception that eBooks require very little attention or maintenance after they are produced. In this session you will learn ways in which you can stay abreast of updates to the EPUB standard; the reconfigurations necessary when the EPUB standard is updated; how to ensure that an eBook file validates retrospectively / is backwards-compatible; the organisations involved in the lifecycle of an eBook and who makes the decisions regarding its maintenance at every stage; and what retailers accept in terms of metadata, standards and file formats for eBooks.  

12.25 – 12.30   Questions for John, Nick & Ruth


12.30  Thanks and CLOSE – Karina Urquhart, Executive Director, BIC


  • Tim Devenport


    1 - Executive Director. 2 - Lead Consultant

    1 - ISNI International Agency. 2 - ICEDIS, EDItEUR

    Tim is with the international standards organisation, EDItEUR and since 2016 has been Executive Director of the ISNI International Agency. With a...

  • Andrew Isabirye


    Data Scientist

    Penguin Random House

    Andrew Isabirye is a Data Scientist within Penguin Random House’s Metadata Analysis team. He also leads a project as part of Penguin Random House’s...

  • Ruth Jones


    Director Global Sales

    Digital Services, Ingram Content Group

    Ruth is Director of Global Sales for the Digital Services group at Ingram Content Group, a leader in distribution, print-on-demand and digital...

  • Andrew MacEwan


    Head of Content & Metadata Processing

    British Library

    Andrew is the Head of Content & Metadata Processing at the British Library with responsibility for the acquisition and cataloguing processes for all...

  • Peter Mathews


    Project Consultant

    BIC Metadata Map

    Peter has over 35 years’ experience in the UK Book Trade in a wide range of roles including bookselling at Hammick’s, book wholesaling (TBD), book...

  • Stephen Long


    Global Managing Director, Book Discovery & Commerce Solutions

    Nielsen Book

    Stephen Long has worked in the book trade for over thirty years. Twenty of those were spent at the group of companies now making up Waterstones...

  • Chris Saynor


    Standards Editor


    Chris is responsible for EDItEUR’s book publishing standards including ONIX, Thema and EDItX. He joined the organisation in late 2016. For the...

  • Karina Urquhart


    Executive Director

    Book Industry Communication (BIC) Ltd

    Karina is the Executive Director of BIC and has held this position since February 2012. She has been instrumental in the restructure and...

  • John Bell


    Publishing Systems Manager

    HarperCollins Publishers

    John heads the publishing technology team at HarperCollins UK. He has 25 years of varied experience in the publishing industry, from production and...

  • Nick Coveney


    Publisher Relations & Content Lead, U.K. & ANZ

    Rakuten Kobo

    Nick has more than nine years’ experience in the publishing industry, working with bestselling authors and leading brands to digitally bring their...

  • Sarah Hilderley



    Inclusive Publishing

    Sarah worked in publishing in the UK for many years before taking the lead on the WIPO project: Enabling Technologies 9 years ago and is the author...

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