New Thema

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The topic is a relatively new global classification system for books, which has already found broad international participation and acceptance. The topic is a relatively new system of classifying and classifying literature on a worldwide scale, which has already found broad acceptance internationally. The theme is destined for all areas of the publishing industry, from publishing houses to retail outlets and even governmental libraries. In contrast to other specialist categories of the retail sector, it is aimed at being usable worldwide.

And, in contradistinction to various categories of the scientific and scholarly libraries used around the world, it is designed for retail use. This is a versatile industry that allows each and every store to maintain its own distinctive culture while presenting a uniform professional structure that streamlines the process of classifying books. Its objectives are to diminish the double work demanded by the many different subjects' programmes and to remove the need for schema-to-scheme mappings which unavoidably affect the precision of categorisation by making a one-stop system available for wide deployment worldwide.

Can be used in conjunction with established domestic systems such as BIC, BISAC, ONLY or CLIL, and although this is not a priority objective, it has the capacity to ultimately do so. Topic 1. The 3 was approved at the end of April 2018. It contains around 260 new technical classifications and 150 new identifiers (of which around 85 are domestic extensions) as well as a number of small enhancements to the text of titles and annotations, but maintains full backward consistency with 1.2 (no need to change or update current information, except for a faulty identifier implemented in November 2017).

After the first publication of 1.3, most languages include the localized titles from 1.2 plus text in plain text for new categorical titles, and it will take several month before all translation is fully upgraded with the new categorical titles. While not all ressources are available yet, updates of translation, images and other materials will be made available here as they are finalized (or from 1.2 onwards updated).

In 2012, the Thema campaign was started at the Frankfurt Book Fair and on 19 April 2013, a test campaign on the theme issue 0.9 was released. The early part of the BIC was led by a topic panel and a professional group and continued previous work with an internationalized BIC professional system.

The theme goes beyond previous programmes to make sure that they are of international relevance by linking a strong choice of common professional fields with an extensive catalogue of qualifications that may include variations and additions at country level. Topic offers a framework that is globally applicable and at the same time meets the needs of the area. Thema's first "live" release was released at the end of 2013, and release 1.0 was presented at the CONTEC conference during the Frankfurt Book Fair 2013 (PDF).

A topic area and a basic selection of categories (with subtitles in six languages) were made available on 31 October 2013. Complete translation of the schema and an enhanced multi-language versions of the interacting player (including full translation into English, Spanish, French, Norwegian ) and other ressources followed. Additional translation was available during 2014.

A " solarrise " date - the first date on which it made sense to incorporate topic classification into commodity data (e.g. ONIX files) - was adopted on 31 December 2013, and many deployments are now available in commodity products from suppliers. Topic 1.1 - enhanced with about 125 additional catagories and many other small enhancements was started on November 30, 2014 (initially in English only, although shortly thereafter we added updated translation resource and made further enhancements to the translations).

1. 1 is "only additions", i.e. it is fully backward compliant with 1. 0: Old sets of data do not need to be reworked, but the new added headings include enhanced images from old systems and in particular a more precise ranking of children's and science publications.

By mid-2015 the number of available language versions with full or almost full translation was 10, and an extensive listing of country enlargements (mainly geographic, but also for country education content) was added in October 2015. In May 2016 release of 1.2 took place. Once again, it was fully backwards compliant to previous versions and included about 125 extra subjects and qualifications as well as about 180 new enhancements.

Those supplements enhanced the system's strength and expressiveness. The 1. 2 release was available in well over a dozen different language versions. During 2017, the system was expanded with a large number of new educational and geographic trainers to enhance the accuracy of trainers when used for text books, guidebooks and so on.

1st release The most comprehensive review of the system to date - 3 - was published at the end of April 2018. It added about 260 new kernel compartment code plus 150 new qualified (of which about 85 are extensions qualifications). There are also almost 500 minor changes to the text in the titles and memos to better explain the importance of each of the categories, especially for those where the schema is not available in their mother tongue.

Howard Willows (of Nielsen Book, who in this case represents the British theme group) is the chairman-elect of the International Steering Committee. There is no need to register, post or become a member to be able to use Thema.

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