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ONIX: Essentials training course (online)

Overview: This course is part of BookNet Canada’s Tech Forum 2021. It will be delivered remotely via videoconference, and delegate numbers will be limited to a very small group to ensure the quality of the experience.

Benefits of Attending: delegates will learn to understand the basics of ONIX and how it is used in the book industry, to inspect and interpret details of an ONIX message file and how it could be improved.

Course Level: Beginner. This course is suitable for beginners with no knowledge of ONIX, although it is also of value to those who are already familiar with ONIX. It is aimed at staff with management responsibility for product 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 greatly from this course.

Course Outline: the course content aims to cover ONIX 3.0 in a comprehensive way, though comparisons with version 2.1 are introduced where appropriate.

  • Introduction: Explanation of what ONIX is, with typical use cases; a brief history of ONIX and its governance; discussion of the different versions of ONIX (2.1 vs 3.0); its commercial benefits; ONIX for Books 3.0, differences from 2.1 and advantages of 3.0; available documentation and tools.
  • More detail: Introduction to XML syntax; importance of semantics and controlled vocabularies (codelists); high-level structure and design of ONIX; functional granularity, language independence, semantic interoperability; data feeds, best practice and service level expectations.
  • Key data elements: Record reference; Product identifiers and Product form; Contributors and XHTML encoding of rich text; Titles, sets, series and Collections; Subject coding and keywords; Descriptive text and other collateral material; Imprint and Publisher; Publication date and Sales embargos; Territorial sales rights; Related works and products; Supply details and pricing.
  • Summary and further resources.

Trainer: Graham Bell

Event Details

BookNet Canada’s ONIX: Essentials training will run as an online event over two days, 1st AND 2nd June 2021, from 1pm - 5:15pm (Toronto time). Onlne instruction log-in credentials will be sent to registrants. 
Event Type:
Editeur Events
16 June - 17 June 2021
13:00 - 17:15
CAN $150 plus booking fee and tax 
BookNet Canada 
Booking via Eventbrite 

Posted: 30 May 2021 In: EDItEUR Events

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