BIC commissions a project to map metadata
A key part of BIC’s—UK book industry’s independent supply chain organization—ongoing mission is to optimize sales of books by improving the “quality” (accuracy, depth, timeliness, and comprehensiveness) of metadata. Though it is well known that metadata drives discoverability and book sales, there is poor visibility on how this vital asset flows through the supply chain to reach customers.
Therefore, BIC has commissioned a 2-year project to map the dynamic and complex flow of metadata from producer to consumer to help publishers, retailers, and others improve their understanding and target their resources more effectively.
The goal of the project is to increase the level of understanding of the industry’s best practices by the mutual sharing of up-to-date information. This will help resolve issues and identify gaps and grey areas within the metadata supply chain. In addition, the enriched metadata will benefit all participants by enhancing the promotion and discovery of books, thus leading to increased book sales.
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