BIC Launches 'Metadata Map' Project
Monday, April 9, 2018
Posted by: Brian O'Leary
BIC are delighted to announce that the launch of the BIC Metadata Map project will be made at the “Building a Better Business” seminar on Thursday 12thApril.
Metadata underpins our digital age. It drives discoverability and book sales but all too often we have little knowledge of just how this vital asset flows through the supply chain to reach customers. To help publishers, retailers and others improve their understanding and target their resources more effectively, BIC has commissioned a 2-year project to map the increasingly dynamic and complex flow of metadata from producer to consumer.
The ‘map’ will be the sum of contributions from collaborating participants in the metadata supply chain and is intended to be published as an updatable online resource for contributing organisations, to show where the metadata goes, what happens to it, who uses it, and how.
The goal is to promote an increased level of understanding across the industry with regards organisations’ practices by the mutual sharing of up to date information. BIC strongly believes this will help resolve issues and identify gaps and grey areas within the metadata supply chain. As a result, it is expected that all participants should benefit from the enhanced promotion and discovery of books that enhanced metadata provides, potentially leading to increased sales.
A key part of BIC's ongoing mission is to optimise sales of books through improving the "quality" (accuracy, depth, timeliness and comprehensiveness) of metadata. It has been proven that good metadata grows sales (Nielsen research 2012) therefore optimising the flow of metadata through the supply chain will further enhance these benefits and accelerate that sales growth
A full project description [PDF] can be found here.
The project will be formally launched by Peter Mathews, who has been retained as Consultant for the project, at BIC’s annual Building a Better Business Seminar at London Book Fair on Thursday 12thApril 2018. The event is free to attend