Harlequin Certified Under BISG's Product Data Certification Program
Harlequin Enterprises Ltd. has received certification through the Book Industry Study Group's (BISG) Product Data Certification Program (PDCP), a voluntary certification program that objectively evaluates publishers’ product information, either as ONIX or Excel files, against the criteria defined in BISG’s Product Metadata Best Practices (http://www.BISG.org/documents/metadata.html). The goal of the PDCP is to lead publishers toward adherence to agreed-upon standards of electronic communication, resulting in more efficient and cost-effective business transactions for all.
Other publishers that have received this certification are David C. Cook, Hachette Book Group USA, John Wiley & Sons, Simon & Schuster and Waterford Press.
“I’m delighted that Harlequin participated in the Product Data Certification Program and achieved certification at its first attempt,” says Michael Healy, executive director of BISG. “It shows yet again that leading publishers are committed to raising the quality of their product data and to using tools such as PDCP to help them in this process. We hope Harlequin's success, following on the success of many other data suppliers, will encourage more publishers to be part of this program.”
“We are pleased that our client and partner Harlequin has been certified by BISG in their Product Data Certification Program," says Helene Green, vice president of business information and data operations for Simon & Schuster, which handles the romance publisher's U.S. distribution. "This certification means customers can rely on the accuracy of Harlequin’s data throughout the supply chain; it will also speed the processing of that data with our trading partners. They are in good company, and we look forward to working with them to continue meeting the BISG best-practice requirements going forward.”
More information about the PDCP can found on the BISG Web site (http://www.BISG.org/documents/certification_productdata.html).