Thema Essentials


With guidance on migrating from BIC subject categories

Next course - 26th April 2022

Page last updated 15th February 2022

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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

Read the full course outline here.

The Trainer
Graham Bell / Chris Saynor, EDItEUR. (Read about BIC Trainers, here).

Feedback for this Course
Read the feedback received from previous attendees of this course, here

Date & Frequency of this Course 

Tuesday 26th April 2022, regsiter here.  

Course Location
Online / Live Virtual Training.  

Course Length
This is a half-day course which will be delivered from 1.00pm - 5.30pm (GMT) on the dates specified above. 

BIC & EDItEUR Members £148 + VAT
Friends of BIC £175 + VAT
Non Members £200 + VAT

Discounted rates apply to BIC and EDItEUR members only.
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