Workshop - Thema: Essentials

This practical half-day course introduces Thema, the international subject category scheme, and demonstrates how Thema should be used across the global publishing supply chain.


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

This comprehensive course is aimed at publishing staff in editorial, marketing, sales or IT, or those in book retail. It is suitable for delegates with no prior knowledge of subject categorisation, but also of value to those familiar with category schemes such as BIC, BISAC, or even Thema!

Course date & time:

This course will be delivered in one half-day training session online from 09:00-13:30 (AEDT) on Tuesday 20 February. 

Can’t make this date or looking for different metadata training? Let us know through this form. We're also running an ONIX: Essentials+ workshop on 13-15 February 2024.

Course content:

The course aims to cover the use of Thema in a comprehensive way, including:

  • Book discovery and what Thema is for.
  • Origins, commercial benefits, governance and typical uses.
  • Available documentation and tools.
  • Outline of an implementation project. 
  • Structure of the Thema category hierarchy, subject codes, qualifiers and national extensions.
  • Comparisons with other schemes (including BIC, BISAC).
  • Thema in the supply chain.
  • Post-coordination. 
  • Thema and other metadata elements (including audience and keywords) in ONIX. 
  • Sample titles for review.
  • The six ‘golden rules’ for effective use.

Note: Some of the introduction is pre-recorded, for viewing before the main training.

Course Trainer: 

Chris Saynor – Standards Editor, EDItEUR

Chris is responsible for EDItEUR's book publishing standards including ONIX, Thema and EDItX. He joined the organisation in late 2016. Previously, Chris worked for GiantChair Inc. in Paris as a metadata specialist and project manager, and has been responsible for implementation of the Onixsuite application in many publishing organisations. Prior to that, Chris has a 20-year background in bookselling with Waterstones and WHSmith.

Pricing & bookings 

Standard pricing, until 15 February:

  • APA & PANZ Members: $225
  • Non-members: $300

All prices exclude GST.

Booking process:

Places on this course can be booked below, but to simplify the process and ensure discounts Members should login prior to registration. Should you have any issues with your website access, please contact us.

Refunds can be requested up until 7 February 2024, minus a small administration fee. Transfers to colleagues are free.

20/02/2024 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
AUS Eastern Daylight Time
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