Metadata Detail & Delivery

BDS creates metadata from information supplied direct from publishers, film and music studios, and games suppliers. We aggregate and add value to this information. We use rigorous industry metadata standards when we create our records, and update the information during the life-cycle of the product. We ensure that you have an accurate, consistent and reliable record of the highest quality.

BDS has over 30 million records from nearly five thousand publishers.

Metadata is the core of our business. We provide our services to customers all over the world so we can offer a much more cost-effective solution than any internal solution. We continually explore, test and invest in new and proven technology that will deliver better services to you.

Reduction of Labour-Intensive Activities

You can save hundreds of hours each year by offloading labour-intensive activities, such as updating catalogues and catalogue records, keeping up with the latest releases, feeding your website all the latest information, gathering cast lists for film or author biographies for books, updating prices and availability, and gathering information for reporting.

See our WF Howes case study as an example.

Keep Your Information Up-to-Date

BDS updates its metadata daily and distributes this information “live”. When we receive extended content information from publishers it is instantly integrated into our system, ensuring that your information becomes part of the much wider world of connected metadata, an essential step in the process of exposing your titles to the widest market possible.

If you would like to be sure that your information is reaching the widest possible audience, we are happy to advise on how best to achieve this. Contact our publisher liaison team who can check that your sales information, including any extended content you generate, is available for distribution through our networks. Write to

Metadata Standards

Data standards are key to presenting consistent information that allows you to manage the large volume of information in your catalogue. The use of standards also ensures that your metadata is consistent with other organisations, important in a world where resources are shared.

BDS metadata incorporates all current cataloguing and classification standards across books, film, music and games, including:

  • BIC and Thema (find out more about BDS and Thema)
  • ISBN, EAN-13 barcodes and EIDR
  • BBFC certificates
  • ISRC
  • RDA
  • MARC21, UKMARC or UNIMARC exchange format
  • NACO authority control for contributors
  • Dewey Decimal Classification
  • Library of Congress Classification
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • UK Standard Library Categories (UKSLC)
  • Genre headings for fiction


Obtaining data from BDS is easy and flexible. We work with you to find the best delivery solution that fits with your particular systems and methods of working. We also recognise the need that libraries, businesses and organisations have to address their specific markets. We do not have a one-size-fits-all policy; we prefer to talk with our customers and find the best solution for them.