'Truly global' book data on its way

'Truly global' book data on its way

A new global book classification system that aims to reduce cross-border confusion about subject codes and drive international sales was launched yesterday (10th October) at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Industry representatives from 16 countries have joined Thema, the project that will create the new standard to categorise and classify book content by subject.  

Jesús Peraita, technical director of DILVE, the IT platform which manages and distributes Spanish language bibliographic data and is overseen by Spanish publishers association FGEE (Federación de Gremios de Editores de España), will be the group’s first chair. He said: “This is a very important step forward in creating a truly global community of book data. Thema will not only facilitate the sale of content across borders, but is also flexible enough to enable each market to retain its unique cultural voice.”

The members of the board that will manage Thema are: Pierro Attanasio of Italy’s Associazione Italiana Editori; Editis head of digital strategy Virginie Clayssen (France); Noah Genner, c.e.o of BookNet Canada; Karina Luke, executive director of Book Industry Communication (UK) [pictured]; Ronald Schild, c.e.o. of Marketing und Verlagsservice des Buchhandels (Germany); and Len Vlahos, executive director of Book Industry Study Group (US).

Countries and territories currently participating in Thema are Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, a pan-Arabic Group, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US.