Workshop - Thema

This half-day  course introduces Thema, the international, multilingual subject category scheme, its origin and benefits, and demonstrates how it should be used across the global book supply chain.

Delegates will learn the principles behind Thema and its use, and how to go about adopting it within their organisation. The course includes a practical session categorising real-world books and a discussion of best practices to optimise in-store and online discovery and conversion.

This comprehensive course is suitable for delegates with no prior knowledge of subject categorisation or of Thema, but is also of value to those who are already familiar with category schemes such as BISAC, BIC (or even Thema!). It is aimed particularly at staff in editorial, IT, marketing, or within online or physical retail.  

Course Outline

The course aims to cover the use of Thema in a comprehensive way.

Book discovery and what Thema is for, its origins, commercial benefits, governance and typical uses; available documentation and tools; Outline of an implementation project. Some of this introduction is pre-recorded, for viewing before the main training.

Structure of the Thema category hierarchy, subject codes, qualifiers and national extensions; Comparisons with other schemes (including BIC, BISAC, CLIL); Thema in the supply chain; Postcoordination; Thema and other metadata elements (including Audience and keywords) in ONIX.  


  • APA & PANZ Members: $190 (early bird pricing available until 6 January 2023) Standard pricing after this date is $225.
  • Non-members: $225 (early bird pricing available until 6 January 2023) Standard pricing after this date is $250.


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Refunds can be requested up until 7 February 2023, minus a small administration fee. Transfers to colleagues are free.


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22/02/2023 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
AUS Eastern Daylight Time
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