ONIX Essentials

Page last updated 8th June 2022

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Purpose of the Course
Benefits of Attending 
Course Level 
Course Outline
The Trainers 
Feedback from Trainees
Dates and Registration Link
BIC's Cancellations and Refund Policy

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

Read the full course outline here.

The Trainers

Graham Bell / Chris Saynor, EDItEUR. (Read about BIC Trainers, here).

Feedback for this Course
Read the feedback received from previous attendees of this course, here

Course Date(s) and Registration Link

Tues 5th and Weds 6th July 2022,  register here.

Weds 14th and Thurs 15th September 2022, register here.

Mon 7th and Tues 8th November 2022, register here.

Course Location
Live online video session via the GoToMeetings platform. Full log-in instructions will be given to all trainees a week beforehand. 

Course Length
This is a full day course which will be delivered in two, half-day training sessions, 1.00pm-5.30pm (GMT/BST) on the dates specified, above.

BIC & EDItEUR Members £265 + VAT
Friends of BIC £315 + VAT
Non Members £360 + VAT

Combined discount available:
Please note that any individual who registers to attend both the BIC ONIX: Essentials and ONIX: Advanced Topics training courses on consecutive weeks (i.e. in May 2022 or in Nov 2022) will be eligible to receive a £100 discount on the combined cost of their tickets. This offer is open to BIC Members, Friends of BIC and Non-Members. Contact BIC (info@bic.org.uk) for further information and to receive your discount code (prior to booking your place); tickets purchased using this discount code will not be transferrable within your organisation. This offer can not be used in conjunction with any other or discount code.

Discounted rates apply to BIC and EDItEUR members only.
Not sure if your organisation is a BIC member? Check the BIC Members list here.
For EDItEUR's Members list, click here.

Register to attend this course via Eventbrite by clicking on your preferred course date in the ' Course Date(s) and Registration Link'  section (above). Payment is accepted via VISA, Mastercard and American Express.

Alternative Payment Option: If you would prefer BIC to invoice your organisation directly, please contact info@bic.org.uk. Please note that this process will incur a £25.00 administration fee.

Read BIC's Course Cancellations & Refund Policy here.