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BIC: ONIX Essentials (July)

July 5 @ 1:00 pm - July 6 @ 5:30 pm

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Special offer for Publishing Scotland members: attend BIC training courses at the preferential Friends of BIC rates. This is a full day course which will be delivered in two, half-day training sessions, 1.00pm-5.30pm on Tuesday  5th and Wednesday  6th July 2022. Register here.


Purpose of the Course

This intensive training course (provided as an online course in two, half-day training sessions) introduces the ONIX standard and the essentials of producing, managing, and distributing good book metadata. It mixes the background and theory of metadata with real-world practice and guidance in an approachable but authoritative way.


Benefits of Attending

Delegates will be provided with all the vital information to understand the basics of ONIX and how it is used in the book industry.


Course Level

This course is suitable for beginners with no knowledge of ONIX, although it will also be of value to those familiar with ONIX. It is aimed at staff with management responsibility for metadata, either in editorial, IT, marketing, or production within a publisher, or in similar roles within distribution and retailing. It is not highly technical, but software developers seeking to understand ONIX would benefit from this course.


Course Outline

Prior to the course, we will contact delegates to enquire if they have specific areas of concern / interest. So although each course can be tailored to a certain degree, the overall content is as follows:


1) Introduction:

  • Explanation of what ONIX is, with typical use cases
  • Brief history of ONIX and its governance
  • Brief overview of the other ONIX standards, e.g. for ONIX serials, ONIX for transactional messages, etc.


2) More Detail:

  • Overview discussion of the different versions of ONIX, i.e. 2.1 vs 3.0
  • More detail on ONIX for Books 2.1
  • More detail on ONIX for Books 3.0
  • Business benefits of: using ONIX; the BIC Product Data Excellence Award (PDEA) Accreditation Scheme
  • Introduction to XML syntax
  • Semantics and code lists
  • ONIX for Books data feeds and best practice


3) Key Data Elements:

  • Record reference
  • Product identifier
  • Contributor
  • Titles
  • Sets, series, collections
  • Subject codes (BIC, BISAC, Thema, CBMC, etc.)
  • Keywords
  • Descriptive text and reviews
  • Imprint and publisher
  • Territorial rights
  • Related works and products
  • Supply details and pricing


4) Best Practice Guidelines


Course Date(s) and Registration Link

  • Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th July 2022,  register here.

The course will run again on

  • Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th September 2022, register here.

Further dates may be added to this list in due course.


Course Location

Live online video session via the GoToMeetings platform. Full log-in instructions will be given to all trainees a week beforehand.


Course Length

This is a full day course which will be delivered in two, half-day training sessions, 1.00pm-5.30pm (GMT) on the dates specified, above.



BIC & EDItEUR Members £265 + VAT

Friends of BIC (includes Publishing Scotland members) £315 + VAT

Non Members £360 + VAT


July 5 @ 1:00 pm
July 6 @ 5:30 pm
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