BIC's Implementing Thema Half-Day Training Course

Tue Apr 16 2019 at 01:45 pm to 05:00 pm
The Publishers Association, First Floor, London, United Kingdom

The Publishers Association, First Floor, London, United Kingdom

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BIC's Implementing Thema Half-Day Course 


Purpose of the CourseBy providing an introduction to Thema – the international subject classification scheme for the global book trade – this course will explain the need for such a scheme; its origins, development and uptake; its benefits across the trade; and the key differences (and similarities) between the BIC subject classification scheme and Thema.

This course also provides delegates with the opportunity to experiment and have hands-on experience with applying correct Thema codes.


Benefits of AttendingBesides providing an overview of Thema (as outlined, above), this course will guide delegates through the principles behind the implementation of Thema in their systems and product records, and in managing the migration from BIC (the current UK standard) to Thema (its international replacement). 

While not a detailed, comprehensive training session in Thema coding practice, this course will include the opportunity for practical, hands-on experience with guidance on best practice in Thema application, in the context of demonstrating how accurate Thema subject classification is essential for effective search and discovery in-store and online.

To ensure our attendees get the most out of the day, we limit the number of delegates for this course to 12.


Course LevelThis 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 OutlinePrior 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

Howard Willows

Senior Manager, Data Development

Nielsen Book

Howard has been driving the development of Thema – the international subject classification scheme for the global book trade – from its inception in 2011, and was the first Chair of the Thema International Steering Committee. Working in the book trade since 1987, Howard has been associated with the development of a number of industry standards, including the BIC Standard Subject Category Scheme and ONIX. 

At Nielsen Book, Howard has key responsibilities for all aspects of product data quality and the development of systems and processes in conformance with approved industry standards.



Feedback for this CourseWhat component of the training was most effective for you? “All of it. I needed to know more about Thema as I was starting from scratch. I needed a proper understanding of what it was, how it works, who uses it and how we could implement it. This course tackled all these points in a methodical, sensible and informative way.” - Anon.

“I would recommend this course and will communicate elements of it across my business.” - Anon.

“Come get your questions answered.” - Gopi Rajendran, Klopotek



Date & Frequency of this Course in 2019Tuesday 16th April 2019.This course will run twice in 2019.


Bespoke and In-House TrainingBIC is committed to providing high quality, accessible training for the book industry. We are able to provide both bespoke courses and in-house training to suit your requirements. This courses is suitable for in-house training so please do contact us to request further information or to make a booking: info | bic ! org ! uk


Course LocationThe Publishers Association, London.


Course LengthThis is a half-day course.


PricesBIC Members £170 + VATFriends of BIC £210 + VATNon Members £240 + VAT

NB: Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price.

Discounted rates apply to BIC members only.Not sure if your organisation is a BIC member? Check our members list here.

Alternative Payment Option: If you would prefer BIC to invoice your organisation directly, please contact info | bic ! org ! uk. Please note that this process will incur a £20.00 administration fee.


On the Day Refreshments will be provided throughout the afternoon.


WiFi AccessA password will be provided on the day to delegates.


Travel InformationTube / Rail Stations:London Bridge, Borough, |

Airports:London City Airport – 8 miles, ca 50 min by carHeathrow – 30miles, ca 80 min by carLuton – 35 miles, ca 80 min by carStansted – 40 miles, ca 70 min by carGatwick – 50 miles, ca 85 min by carCar Parks:Great Suffolk Street Car Park (approx 7 min walk) Bridge Car Park (approx 10 min walk)



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Course Cancellations

Please note: as we price our training courses so keenly, the running of them is dependent on there being a set minimum number of delegates registered by the time the booking period ceases. For this reason, please be aware that unfortunately some courses may be cancelled if this requirement is not met. Should this happen, BIC will arrange for full refunds for all training courses booked. We will liaise with registered delegates at least 2 weeks prior to each course date regarding this. BIC apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Refund Policy

Please take a few moments to familiarise yourself with our refund policy:

Should you need to cancel your ticket, refunds may be given as follows:

Up to 6 calendar weeks (i.e. 42 calendar days) before the event: full refund

Less than 6 calendar weeks, but more than 2 calendar weeks (i.e. 14 days) before the event: 50% refund

Less than 2 calendar weeks before the event: no refund.

If you (or a colleague in your place) do not attend the training course you have booked, no refund will be given.

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