DATA: Data Supply and Detail

Metadata for Publishers and Retailers

Discover the benefits of the BDS metadata, part of a unique route to market for publishers and retailers. BDS metadata covers books, film, music and games in both physical and digital, downloadable formats.

The Importance of Metadata

You need metadata to be detailed and consistent or you and your customers will not find what they are looking for. Whether you are in a bookshop or a library, whether you are online or in-store looking for film, music or games, whether you want to download an e-book or stream a film, metadata is a core component of all services relating to purchasing, borrowing or trading. BDS helps you deliver a better service, leading your customers to the items they want to buy or borrow.

BDS metadata connects publishers to libraries, retailers and wholesalers, driving commerce and enhancing the customer experience. When used alongside our leading website, hosting and unrivalled design services, BDS offers publishers a comprehensive suite where the combined excellence of the parts build to an irresistible whole.

We can enhance publishers’ metadata to greatly aid discovery and engagement within publishers’ websites. BDS metadata is also ideally suited to retailers.

See our Yale, Lion Hudson and Palgrave case studies as examples of how publishers have taken advantage of BDS.

Some of the benefits of using BDS data:

• book-in-hand records created on publication
• extensive cross-referencing linking people and themes across media
• flexible integration of extended content into your system*
• free consultation to help you decide on the best package of services

* Click here for an overview of BDSLink, our portal to enriched content.


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 stringent industry data 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 26 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.

* Click here for an overview of BDSLink our portal to enriched content.

See our WF Howes case study as an example.

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
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.