ONIX for Books

Page last updated 13th November 2018

ONIX for Books is the international standard for the transmission of product information in the supply chain and has been adopted in some sixteen countries in Europe, North America and elsewhere. BIC promotes ONIX in the UK trade and provides UK input to the development of ONIX internationally.

 


ONIX for Books release 3.0.5

This document summarises the small number of additions and minor changes made in ONIX 3.0 revision 5.

Read it here.


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 43 (October 2018)



BIC's ONIX Survey Report, 24th September 2018

As detailed, below, a survey was carried out in early 2018 for all stakeholder organisations in the UK book industry that either send or receive (or both) data via ONIX to complete. The survey was open to ONIX 2.1 and ONIX 3.0 users alike. The responses received have helped BIC to gain an informed understanding of how and where the ONIX 3.0 standard is being adopted, what (as applicable) the obstacles to implementation are, what benefits organisations have derived from implementing ONIX 3.0 and so on.

In line with the BIC Privacy Policy, to obtain a copy of the BIC ONIX Survey Report 2018 (free of charge), please register here.


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 42 (July 2018)



ONIX Survey 2018

What was the Purpose of the Survey?
This survey was for all stakeholder organisations in the UK book industry that either send or receive (or both) data via ONIX to complete - whether using ONIX 3.0 or not. Your participation helped BIC gain an informed understanding of how and where the ONIX 3.0 standard is being adopted, what (as applicable) the obstacles to implementation might be, what benefits organisations have derived from implementing ONIX 3.0 and so on.

What about organisations using ONIX 2.1?
Organisation using ONIX 2.1 (but not ONIX 3.0) were also eligible to participate on the survey. 

What will we do with the survey results?
We may use the information provided by participants of this survey to create an industry report with regards the current UK ONIX 3.0 landscape that will be published on our website – particpants were asked for their consent (on behalf of their organisation) regarding this towards the end of the survey.

The Survey Questions
There were 2 survey question sets as follows: 

ONIX 3.0 survey for data providers 

ONIX 3.0 survey for data recipients 

Participants that both send and receive data were encouraged to complete both surveys, which each contained 32-35 questions, consisting mainly of multiple-choice tick boxes, and should each have taken approximately 5-10 minutes to fill in. 

If you would like to view the questions contained in each survey, you can download and/or print a PDF version of them here:

ONIX 3.0 survey for data providers (PDF for reference only)

ONIX 3.0 survey for data recipients (PDF for reference only)

Responses to these survey(s) were only accepted via SurveyMonkey. 

Thank you very much to those who responded and/or contributed to the surveys. 

 


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 41 (April 2018)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 40 (January 2018)



Online, interactive, multilingual browser for ONIX Codelists

Browse the ONIX code lists, or search for a specific term within the vocabularies. This browser is is available on the EDItEUR website, here

Previous versions of the ONIX codelists are still available for ONIX 2.1 users, here.


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 39 (October 2017)



Guidance for ONIX 3.0 users with regards to describing Open Access monographs

Describing Open Access Monographs in ONIX 3.0 (July 2017)



Guidance for ONIX 3.0 users with regards to weights & dimensions

Weights & Dimensions in ONIX 3.0 (July 2017)



Guidance for ONIX 3.0 users with regards to sales rights

Sales Rights in ONIX 3.0 (July 2017)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 38 (July 2017)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 37 (April 2017)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 36 (January 2017)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 35 (October 2016)


Guidance for ONIX 3.0 users with regards to HTML mark-up

Embedding HTML Markup in ONIX 3.0 (September 2016)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 34 (July 2016)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 33 (April 2016)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 32 (January 2016)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 31 (October 2015)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 30 (July 2015)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 29 (April 2015)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 28 (February 2015)


ONIX for Books Acknowledgement Message

This new message is intended to be used as a response to being in receipt of a conventional ONIX for Books message. The recipient can send an acknowledgement message back to the original sender simply to confirm receipt, to report successful processing, or to report any errors encountered. The use of this message is entirely optional but its use could end that 'falling into a black hole' feeling that senders sometimes get after they've sent out their data file.

See the full Reply Format Specification, here.

For detailed core documentation, please see EDItEUR's website here.


Using ONIX 2.1 & 3.0 to describe e-books and other digital content

This set of FAQs was originally compliled by Graham Bell of EDItEUR in June 2011 to explain how ONIX (and in particular ONIX 3.0) can be used to describe digital products. It has now been amended accordingly.

ONIX 3.0 was developed specifically to facilitate the description of data about digital content which has not been fully possible in earlier versions. This document, although it will also be helpful to those needing to describe digital metadata using ONIX 2.1, is designed to encourage the adoption of ONIX 3.0 and promote the benefits which will flow to the whole supply chain by doing so.

See the revised version (Jan 2015) here.


Sunset Date of ONIX 2.1

For any organisation using ONIX 2.1 after sunset and relying on the online DTD and XSD files provided by EDItEUR, some active steps to avoid failures in production systems will be necessary.

EDItEUR has now published a note describing the workaround you need to put in place to avoid failures in processing ONIX 2.1 files after sunset. Please click on the following link:

Click here to see a PDF of the suggested workaround.


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 27 (October 2014)


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 26 (July 2014)


New release: ONIX 3.0 

Published April 2009; revised October 2010

ONIX version 3.0 has now been published, representing a major step forward for the ONIX standard. The new release has been developed to address perceived shortcomings of the previous versions, especially for the description of digital products and publishers' marketing collateral, but also for the handling of multi-volume sets and series and to enable the blocking of records to permit more efficient updating. The new version is not backwards compatible with previous versions and the opportunity has been taken to remove elements which had become deprecated as a result of previous updates and revisions.

To see the full documentation for ONIX 3.0, click here and for revisions, including 3.0.2, click here.

Documentation for previous releases of ONIX for Books can be reached here.

 


BIC Product Metadata Guidelines for ONIX 3.0

November 2010, revised November 2011

The BIC Product Metadata Guidelines are intended primarily to help UK publishers in the preparation of ONIX data feeds, by setting out notes on data element inclusion and usage which have been reviewed and agreed by the BIC Product Metadata Group and in particular by the principal aggregators of UK book trade product information: BDS, Bowker and Nielsen.

The guidelines have been updated in 2011 to bring them more closely into line with international guidelines published by EDItEUR.


ONIX Code Lists

Issue 24 (January 2014)

This includes code lists applicable to release 3.0.2.


Using ONIX 3.0 to describe e-books and digital content

June 2011

This set of FAQs has been compiled by Graham Bell of EDItEUR to explain how ONIX (and in particular ONIX 3.0) can be used to describe digital products. ONIX 3.0 has been developed specifically to facilitate the description of data about digital content which has not been fully possible in earlier versions. This document, although it will also be helpful to those needing to describe digital metadata using ONIX 2.1, is designed to encourage the early adoption of the new version and promote the benefits which will flow to the whole supply chain by doing so.

See the revised version (Jan 2013) here.


How to specify markets and suppliers in ONIX 3.0

Click here


An Introduction to ONIX for Books 3.0

This includes a summary of the main changes between versions 2.1 and 3.0


An Introduction to ONIX for Books

A simple guide for new users of ONIX.


ONIX for Serials

ONIX for Publications Licenses