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BIC ONIX: Advanced Topics training course

May 23 @ 1:00 pm - May 24 @ 5:30 pm

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When: Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 May 2023. This is a full day course which will be delivered in two, half-day training sessions, 1.00pm-5.30pm on both days.

Format: online

Fee: BIC & EDItEUR Members £295 + VAT; Friends of BIC £345 + VAT (includes Publishing Scotland members); Non-Members £400 + VAT


Purpose of the Course

Recent research shows that good metadata leads to increased sales*. With that in mind, this advanced course mixes the theoretical discussion of metadata with practical examples and guidance, and links metadata very clearly with supply chain effectiveness and commercial success.

Please note: the training on data elements relating to digital products, open access, audio material and chapter-level metadata has been transferred to the new ONIX Essentials Plus course and the new short course ONIX for Digital Products.

*Nielsen White Paper: The Link Between Metadata and Sales.



Benefits of Attending

Experienced ONIX users will learn how to optimise their metadata and deal with the more complex aspects of ONIX by attending this course.



Course Level

This course is suitable for delegates with a good background knowledge of publishing and experience working with ONIX. Attendees do not require a technical background, the course is aimed at staff with management responsibility for product metadata or software developers seeking more in-depth domain knowledge. Delegates should previously have attended the BIC ONIX Essentials training course or have gained extensive knowledge and experience of metadata management and ONIX over several years.



Course Outline

The content of this course is modular and will be tailored to the particular interests of delegates; consequently, each course will be different. However, the overall content will most likely include many of the following topics:

1) Identifiers and Core Semantics:

  • WMI stack in and interoperability with library metadata models
  • Class inheritance, where in the stack does each data element live?
  • Principles of identifiers; ISBNs and GTINs; ISNI and name identification; DOIs; work IDs
  • Discoverability, keywords and structured subject coding including Thema
  • Sales rights and nonterritorial restrictions
  • Advanced international markets
  • Advanced collections
  • Advanced pricing with alternative pricing models, price constraints, discounts; multi-item/multi-component products
  • XML validation
  • Block updating including P&A updates
  • Acknowledgement message

2) Recent Additions in ONIX 3.0.1 – 3.0.8.

3) Discuss your issues

  • It would be helpful if you are able to inform the trainer in advance, but discussion topics can be raised ‘on the day’

4) Practical Demos (spread throughout the day):

  • How to validate ONIX messages
  • Why character sets and encodings are important
  • Tag name conversion
  • Underused features and opportunities; common errors




For more details and to book, see BIC ONIX: Advanced Topics training course on Eventbrite


May 23 @ 1:00 pm
May 24 @ 5:30 pm
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