• Blackwell's and BDS Announce New Metadata Contract

    Blackwell’s, the UK’s largest specialist and academic bookseller, has announced a new contract with BDS to provide its core bibliographic and extended data. The deal, which covers data for the bookseller’s website and shops, is a significant one for both BDS and for the industry. As part of the new relationship, BDS and Blackwell’s will...

  • BDS Living Wage Is National News

    The adoption of the Living Wage by BDS has received attention in the national media. Scotland’s The National online newspaper carries an article highlighting BDS’s commitment to the Living Wage, praising its courage in supporting a rural economy through a fair wage policy. The newspaper interviewed BDS Managing Director, Lesley Whyte....

  • BDS Appoint Simon Skinner as Director of Business Development

    BDS is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Skinner as Director of Business Development. Simon will cover the retail, publisher and international markets as BDS expands its metadata, web and design services into the trade sector. Skinner says, "I'm really excited to be joining BDS at this time of growth and opportunity for the...

  • BDS Integrates With Cloudlibrary

    Public and academic libraries around the world can now integrate MARC data from BDS with bibliotheca’s cloudLibrary™. The new partnership means that when libraries select titles from the cloudLibrary, BDS will automatically be notified and will deliver the full MARC records directly to the library. This creates a seamless experience for...

  • BDS Includes UNIMARC

    BDS now offers data in the UNIMARC standard through all its major delivery systems. The move to include the Universal MARC standard comes with the increased international interest in BDS metadata. Originally developed to avoid all the conversion permutations between the twenty different MARC formats, UNIMARC was, in fact, adopted by...

  • BDS Incorporates UKSLC

    BDS now presents UK Standard Library Categories as standard on BDZ and BDSLive, while UKSLC can be switched on as an option for BDS Direct Data Feed, EDI model and Autoresponse customers. UKSLC, originally published as e4libraries Subject Category Headings and subsequently revised into its current format, is based on the BIC standard...

  • BDS Featured In Designing Libraries

    BDS is centrally featured in this month’s issue of Designing Libraries, the online centre for library design and innovation. In an article entitled “Designing Beautiful Data”, Designing Libraries looks at the history of BDS, what has made it so successful and moves onto the recent rebrand that has seen the company integrate web and design...

  • LibrariesWest Chooses BDS

    The consortium of seven libraries authorities, LibrariesWest, has chosen BDS for its data supply in a new seven year contract to last until 2023. The deal marks a milestone in BDS’s dominance in library data supply for the UK. With the seven authorities of LibrariesWest signed up to BDS data, the company now supplies every local authority...

  • LLC Renews Data Deal

    BDS is set to continue its metadata services to the London Library Consortium in a new three year deal to supply the sixteen member local authorities across the country’s capital city. The deal builds on a successful long-standing relationship which has seen BDS supply the consortium via a metadata feed to the consortium’s Axiell Galaxy...

  • Deputy First Minister For Scotland Visits BDS

    On the eve of the 20th anniversary celebrations, BDS was visited by John Swinney, Deputy First Minister for Scotland, and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Construction and Economy. Accompanied by Anne MacColl, Chief Executive, Scottish Development International, John Swinney spent an hour at BDS, learning about metadata creation and...

  • BDS Celebrates 20 Years

    BDS celebrated 20 years of business with panache at a “party” for the staff, their partners, management and long-term associates and friends of the company. The event took place not far from the BDS HQ at the Cairndale Hotel in the centre of Dumfries, Scotland. Bubbly led into two brief speeches, the cutting of a bibliophile’s dream-cake,...

  • BDS Partners PTFS Europe

    BDS and open source library management systems supplier PTFS Europe have struck a metadata supply deal that will see libraries working with PTFS Europe also able to benefit from BDS’s industry-leading, content-rich metadata. PTFS Europe was formed in 2007 and provides implementation, hosting and support services for the open source...