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ONIX: Essentials training course (online)

Overview: This course is part of BIC's 2021 training programme. 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.

Trainers: Graham Bell / Chris Saynor

Event Details

BIC's ONIX: Essentials training will run as an online course, on two consecutive afternoons, 2nd AND 3rd November 2021, from 13:00 – 17:30 (BST). 
Event Type:
Editeur Events
02 November - 03 November 2021
13:00 - 17:30
BIC & EDItEUR Members £255 + Booking Fee + VAT, Friends of BIC £299.50 + Booking Fee + VAT, Non-Members £345 + Booking Fee + VAT 
Book Industry Communication 
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Posted: 07 June 2021 In: EDItEUR Events

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