BISG Policy Statements

BISG Board endorsements of industry standards and best practices

The BISG Board of Directors releases policy statements — including resolutions and positions — addressing and advising on issues critical to the industry. These range from best practices for identifying digital products to the elimination of dual identifiers on books and more.

POL-1201: Endorsement of EPUB 3

Outlines BISG's endorsement of EPUB 3 as the format of choice when representing, packaging, and encoding structured and semantically enhanced Web content. Published August 6, 2012 | Updated July 9, 2020.

POL-1101: Best Practices for Identifying Digital Products

Outlines BISG's stance on best practices for identifying digital products. Published December 7, 2011 | Updated February 25, 2013.

POL-0701: Elimination of Dual IDs on Books & Related Products

Outlines BISG's stance on the elimination of dual identifiers —two or more identifiers for a product and two or more bar codes on the physical product. Published March 15, 2007.

POL-003: EDI Migration to ISBN-13

Outlines BISG's stance on adopting the changes to the ISBN in Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). Published September 24, 2004.

POL-002: Radio Frequency Identification

Outlines BISG's stance on privacy norms that are intended to include both RFID and all current practices to ensure safe and secure data transfer, such as in the use of electronic transactions. Published September 23, 2004.

POL-001: Product Identification

Outlines BISG's stance in regard to 2005 Sunrise, the transition to the 13-digit ISBN and the use of the GTIN. Published September 18, 2003.


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