Association of Online Publishers

BSI is an affiliate member of the Association of Online Publishers; other members include VNU, Emap, Which, News International, Reed Business Information, The Economist, Channel 4 and the BBC.

AOP membership is open to companies whose principal business model is to create unique published content for direct consumption by consumers, via the web ('destination sites') and other digital platforms.

The UK Association of Online Publishers (AOP) is an industry body representing online publishing companies that create original, branded, quality content. AOP champions the interests of approximately 160 publishing companies from diverse backgrounds including newspaper and magazine publishing, TV and radio broadcasting, and pure online media. Together they publish around 1,150 products and their websites attract more than five billion page impressions per month.

AOP was formed in 2002, in response to the growth of the internet as a publishing medium, with the pace of change creating its own challenges: how are publishers to position themselves in the digital age? How will the users (readers, viewers, listeners, contributors) of the future want to find and use content? Will they be creating it themselves?

AOP presents a unified voice to industry and government, specifically to address issues and concerns relating to all areas of online publishing. AOP publishes original research, hosts forums, awards and conferences, covering a range of topics from paid-for-content, subscription models and data protection, through to copyright, content management, new technologies and audience measurement. 

Data Publishers Association

BSI is also a member of the Data Publishers Association. The DPA represents the best in British directory and database publishing; the DPA symbol provides an assurance of editorial and commercial integrity. Not only does it guarantee that both users and advertisers get a fair deal, it also stands for responsible publications from responsible publishers.

Since 1970, the DPA has fundamentally existed to promote and protect the interests of all companies operating in the directory, data and search publishing sector. Today, the industry contributes well over £1bn to the UK economy.

The DPA exists to:

  • protect and represent the interests of legitimate directory and database publishers
  • promote directories and databases as advertising media and as sources of information
  • raise the standards and professional status of directory and database publishing in the
    United Kingdom
  • maintain and apply a Code of Professional Practice which exists to safeguard the interests of legitimate directory publishers and the public alike
  • foster bonds of common interest amongst directory and database publishers through acting as a forum for the exchange of technical, commercial and management information between members.