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BIC ONIX: Essentials Plus training course

March 21 @ 1:00 pm - March 23 @ 5:30 pm

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When: Tuesday 21, Wednesday 22, and Thursday 23 March 2023. This is a 1.5-day course which will be delivered in three, half-day training sessions, 13:00 to 17:30 on each date.

Format: online

Fee: BIC & EDItEUR Members £435.00 + VAT; Friends of BIC £515.00 + VAT (includes Publishing Scotland members); Non-Members £590.00 + VAT


Purpose of the Course

This intensive course (provided as an online course in three, 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. This course has been extended from two to three afternoons to allow for the inclusion of additional data elements relating to digital products, open access, audio material and chapter-level metadata, plus extra time for discussion.


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 already 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

The overall content is as follows:

1) Introduction:

Some of this introduction is pre-recorded, for viewing before the training.

  • 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 of the different versions of ONIX, i.e., 2.1 vs 3.0
  • More detail on ONIX for Books 3.0
  • Business benefits of: using ONIX; the BIC Metadata Excellence Award (MEA) 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 identifiers
  • Product form and detail
  • Digital products (including audiobooks)
  • Accessibility
  • Usage restrictions and licensing
  • Open access
  • Contributors
  • XHTML encoding of rich text
  • Titles
  • Sets, series, or collections
  • Subject codes (BIC, BISAC, Thema, CBMC, etc.)
  • Keywords
  • Descriptive text and other collateral material
  • Chapter-level metadata
  • Imprint and publisher
  • Publication date and sales embargo
  • Territorial sales rights
  • Non-territorial sales restrictions
  • Related works and products
  • Publishing status and availability
  • Simple markets
  • Supply details and pricing
  • Free of charge products

4) Best Practice Guidelines

  • Where to look for further information



For more information and to book, see BIC ONIX: Essentials Plus training course on Eventbrite.


March 21 @ 1:00 pm
March 23 @ 5:30 pm
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