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22 October 2020

BIC's ONIX Essentials

3 November 2020

Date :   Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 November 2020
Time:   13:00 to 17:00 each day
Format: online / virtual training
Trainers: Graham Bell, Executive Director, EDitEUR, and Chris Saynor, Standards Editor, EDitEUR


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

Purpose of the Course
This intensive training course (provided as an online course in two half-days) introduces the ONIX standard and the essentials of producing, managing, and disseminating 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


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

Full details, book and pay ON EVENTBRITE by 26 October 2020.