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BIC is an independent organisation set up and sponsored by the Publishers Association, Booksellers Association, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and the British Library to promote supply chain efficiency in all sectors of the book world through e-commerce and the application of standard processes and procedures.

What's New

Announcing The BIC Metadata Capabilities Directory

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BIC is delighted to announce the launch (22nd July 2021) of its Metadata Capabilities Directory (MCD), a new facility powered by BIC members for BIC members, enabling participants to share information with each other about their own use of metadata within the supply chain. The MCD has been created as part of BIC's Metadata Map project.
The MCD is the first facility available to UK book trade organisations, (and organisations trading with UK book trade organisations), to record and describe what actually happens within their own metadata activities. All participants in the MCD will provide a full response to an extensive survey which provides a detailed record of their own metadata policies and practices. By recording, aggregating, and sharing actual behaviour across our industry, the MCD will provide an overview of the whole, which will enable contributors to benchmark and calibrate their own activities and help identify development priorities for the future. 

Read the full press release here.


Update to the TRADACOMS Code List documentation

The latest update to this documentation was published in October 2021 and relates to Code List 54 – Price & Availability and Order Acknowledgement Codes. This latest iteration is available as a separate document for easy reference:


BIC Announces End of Life Date for Outdated BIC Standard Subject Categories Scheme

On 24th February 2022, Book Industry Communication (BIC) announced its plan to make obsolete the outdated BIC Standard Subject Categories scheme (BSSC) by the end of February 2024, as it scales up efforts to encourage the UK book industry to fully adopt Thema (the international, multi-lingual subject category scheme for the global book trade) in its place.

In light of this announcement, and to support the industry through this transition, BIC has launched a new webinar series: "BIC Brunches: The Thema Sessions" with EDItEUR (the organisation responsible for maintaining the Thema standard) starting in March 2022 and continuing throughout the transition period to February 2024. Details of this series and links to register your place are in the full press release.  

Full press release, here. 




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