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27 September 2020

BIC's A Technical Introduction to ONIX & XML Training Course

29 September 2020

Date :   Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 September 2020
Time:   13:30 to 17:15 each day
Format: online / virtual training
Trainer: Francis Cave, Consultant


Publishing Scotland members can attend BIC's courses at Friends of BIC rates.

Purpose of the Course
ONIX for Books, the global book trade's product information standard, is an application of XML, the global standard for representing documents and data in digital form. Delegates of this course (which is provided as an online course in two half-day sessions) will gain a basic technical understanding of the various aspects of XML that are fundamental to an understanding of ONIX. 

Benefits of Attending
Delegates will be introduced to the ONIX XML schemas and associated technical documentation, and will be guided as to how to extend their knowledge of both XML and ONIX.

To ensure our attendees get the most out of the day, we limit the number of delegates for this course to 10.

Course Level
This course is aimed at those responsible for developing, implementing or operating systems: for producing or consuming ONIX for Books product data; or for data quality control. It is suited to staff with a general knowledge of data processing who need to handle ONIX data directly in their work. Some prior knowledge of XML would be an advantage but is not essential. 

Course Outline
Although the content of this course can be tailored to a certain degree to its attendees, the topics covered will include:

  • XML basics
  • XML DTDs and schemas
  • XML tools for creating, manipulating and validating ONIX data
  • The organisation of an ONIX for Books message
  • The ONIX for Books DTDs and schemas
  • Creating ONIX records and messages from existing data sources
  • Linking to media resources
  • Communicating record updates
  • ONIX and eBooks


BIC Members £240 + VAT
Friends of BIC £285 + VAT
Non Members £325 + VAT

Full details, book and pay ON EVENTBRITE  by 21 September 2020.