We help shape and create standards.
About the Metadata Committee
The Metadata Committee is responsible for suggesting changes to the ONIX standard and its code lists, so distributors and retailers can easily identify what a book is about and successfully market it. Building on BISG best practices, we make recommendations to help metadata providers and recipients provide timely, high-quality metadata for all book formats.
Claire Holloway, OCLC
- Shape and communicate identification and metadata standards such as ISBN and ONIX 3.0
- Strengthen documentation of the metadata supply chain
- Identify weaknesses in the current approaches
- Make recommendations for operational improvements to metadata or structural changes in the metadata supply chain to address shortcomings
What we do
We suggest changes to the ONIX standard and its code lists, as well as oversee its development and maintenance. The Metadata Committee also acts as a forum for members to discuss current issues in ONIX and metadata in general, sharing ideas and solutions across a broad spectrum of companies, including data senders and recipients.
When We Meet
The 3rd Wednesday of every month at 10:00 a.m. ET.
What We Produce
From metadata best practices to an ONIX implementation grid, we create recommendations and materials to improve the industry.
Committee Working Group
This committee supports a Metadata Best Practices working group that meets monthly to:
- Review the current version of the BISG Metadata Best Practices Guide
- Suggest updates to the BISG Best Practices Guide that reflect needs specific to the U.S. market
- Solicit full-committee feedback on the content of planned updates
When it comes to book publishing and marketing, metadata are the vital details about a book that allow distributors and retailers to easily identify what it’s about and successfully market it. These include things like page count and critical reviews, title, author or series.
ONIX (ONline Information EXchange) is the international standard for representing and communicating book industry product information in electronic form.
Across book publishing, identifiers are typically numeric or alphanumeric strings that specify an aspect of the supply chain. An ISBN uniquely identifies a manifestation of a book. An ISNI uniquely identifies an author or contributor, as does an ORCID in the academic and scholarly space. A standard approach to creating and maintaining identifiers across the publishing ecosystem improves transparency, faciliates reporting, and reduces friction in moving physical and digital products across the supply chain.