Blackwell’s and BDS Announce New Metadata Contract

Blackwell’s, the UK’s largest specialist and academic bookseller, has announced a new contract with BDS to provide its core bibliographic and extended data.

The deal, which covers data for the bookseller’s website and shops, is a significant one for both BDS and for the industry. As part of the new relationship, BDS and Blackwell’s will be working together to develop metadata for a global market.

Kieron Smith, Blackwell’s Digital Director comments:

“BDS has demonstrated its ability to deliver data which meets our focus on taking the business forward online. This includes fundamental support for non-Latin text and exciting classification initiatives such as Thema, to which we will be transitioning at the end of March. Given the centrality of metadata to what Blackwell’s is trying to achieve online, it is crucial that publishers take this opportunity to review their content with BDS and Blackwell’s to make sure it is as excellent as it can be.”

BDS has supplied metadata to libraries since 1995 and currently supplies every public library service in the UK. Its growing popularity with academic publishers, libraries and booksellers is built upon over 22 years of experience working in the sector, enjoying increasing popularity in the realm of website creation and design for publishers and retailers.

“BDS is renowned for innovative services developed through working closely with and adapting to the demands of new customers,” says Barry Smith, Director of Trade Sales for BDS, “so we are delighted to sign this new deal with Blackwell’s. Respect for high standards, accuracy and customer-focused friendliness lies at the heart of both companies and to be chosen to supply one of the country’s most respected book suppliers is validation of our approach.”

About Blackwell’s

Trading since 1879, Blackwell’s is the largest academic and specialist bookseller in the UK. In addition to flagship shops in Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester, Edinburgh and London, it has a permanent presence at or close to around 30 universities around the UK, from Aberdeen and Belfast to Exeter and Portsmouth, as well as a complete online offering and a special free-to-download eLearning platform developed specifically with students in mind.