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Maintenance and support

General

ONIX for Books standards are maintained by the EDItEUR ONIX Support Team in consultation with ONIX national groups, and under the direction of an international steering committee. Currently, Graham Bell has primary responsibility for the standard, with assistance from EDItEUR consultants David Martin and Francis Cave.

Change requests are reviewed by the Support Team, and are circulated periodically to national groups for consultation. As ONIX for Books has developed, its structures have been increasingly generalised, so that most new requirements can be met by adding code values. In such cases, the elapsed time between the identification of need and the publication of a suitable response can be reasonably short. For changes which can only be met by extensions to the structure of the product record, the need must be balanced against the importance of maintaining stability.

There are three main routes by which users can put forward comments, questions or suggestions for improvements. If you are in one of the countries which has an ONIX for Books national group, you are encouraged to contact that group - see below. Or you can send comment to the ONIX implementation listserv. Or if you prefer, you can email EDItEUR.

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ONIX for Books International Steering Committee

Each national ONIX for Books user group is represented on the ONIX for Books International Steering Committee which is chaired by Noah Genner of BookNet Canada. The ONIX for Books International Steering Committee meets twice a year at the Frankfurt and London Book Fairs, and occasionally via additional telephone conference calls.

The terms of reference for the ONIX for Books International Steering Committee are available here.

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ONIX for Books National Groups

There are ONIX for Books National Groups in France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, Russia, South Korea, Japan, US, Canada, Australia, China, Egypt, UK.

The terms of reference for the ONIX for Books National Groups are available here.

National Group contacts

Contact details for other national groups will be included here as soon as we receive approval to link to them from the respective web site and email owners.

Country Website Email
Canada http://www.booknetcanada.ca or
http://www.btlf.qc.ca (French Canada)
biblio@booknetcanada.ca or
acquisition@btlf.qc.ca (French Canada)
China http://www.tc505.com yanan2358@126.com
Egypt (and Arabic world) http://maeyeer.elkotob.com info@elkotob.com
Finland http://www.onixkeskus.fi/ susanna.vestman@kirjavalitys.fi or maarit.huttunen@helsinki.fi
France vb@dilicom.fr or ldervieu@electre.com
Germany http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ONIX-de uwe.janssen@knv.de
Italy http://www.ie-online.it/sx/standard.html standard@ie-online.it
Japan http://www.jpo.or.jp/ onix@jpo.or.jp
Korea http://www.booktrade.or.kr haengungpark@hotmail.com
Netherlands and Flanders https://portal5.boekhuis.nl/xmlpages/page/onix info@onixwerkgroep.org
Norway http://www.bokbasen.no/
Sweden http://www.bokrondellen.se/standarder/ info@bokrondellen.se
UK http://www.bic.org.uk info@bic.org.uk
US http://www.bisg.org metadata@bisg.org

 
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ONIX for Books Technical Committee

The terms of reference for the ONIX for Books Technical Committee are available here.

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Implementation Listserv

The ONIX_IMPLEMENT email list is open to all current and prospective users of the ONIX International product information standards. The list acts as the forum for asking questions about the interpretation of ONIX standards, raising any practical problems which need to be addressed in future releases, and participating in discussion aimed at finding the best solutions. Discussion on the list is an important source of input to the continuing development of ONIX standards. Sign up to the listserv here.

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