Editor's Note: The Many Dimensions of Metadata
Two articles in particular explore two very important standards: In “Global State of Mind,” executive director of the Book Industry Study Group Len Vlahos makes the case for why the U.S. publishing industry should embrace Thema global subject codes. In “Raising the Standard,” chief data architect at EDItEUR Graham Bell explains that time is ticking for publishers to transition from ONIX 2.1 to 3.0.
In every issue of Book Business we seek to provide amplification for a variety of voices. However, in this issue in particular, we sought out the expertise, leadership, and know-how of others for an especially complex topic. Special thanks goes out to all our contributors.
You could say our grand objective here is to strike a balance in such a manner that we're helping to push the conversation about metadata forward without leaving people behind. If you feel we're moving too far ahead, please let us know and we'll try to fill in the holes. If you think we need to push the conversation into new territory, share your thoughts on where it should be going.
As a footnote, I’d like to mention how excited I am to be leading Book Business magazine as the new editor-in-chief. It's certainly a very exciting time to be reporting on the changes under way in the industry. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time with any ideas for coverage, to contribute writing, or alert us to news from your organizations. That’s where we get our best ideas.