A Technical Introduction to ONIX and XML

Page last updated 4th March 2021

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Purpose of the Course
ONIX for Books, the global book trade’s product information standard, is an application of XML, the global standard for representing documents and data in digital form. Delegates of this course  (which is provided as an online course in two half-day sessions) will gain a basic technical understanding of the various aspects of XML that are fundamental to an understanding of ONIX. 

Benefits of Attending
Delegates will be introduced to the ONIX XML schemas and associated technical documentation, and will be guided as to how to extend their knowledge of both XML and ONIX.

To ensure our attendees get the most out of the day, we limit the number of delegates for this course to 10.

Course Level
This course is aimed at those responsible for developing, implementing or operating systems: for producing or consuming ONIX for Books product data; or for data quality control. It is suited to staff with a general knowledge of data processing who need to handle ONIX data directly in their work. Some prior knowledge of XML would be an advantage but is not essential. 

Course Outline
Although the content of this course can be tailored to a certain degree to its attendees, the topics covered will include:

  • XML basics
  • XML DTDs and schemas
  • XML tools for creating, manipulating and validating ONIX data
  • The organisation of an ONIX for Books message
  • The ONIX for Books DTDs and schemas
  • Creating ONIX records and messages from existing data sources
  • Linking to media resources
  • Communicating record updates
  • ONIX and eBooks

Read the full course outline here.

The Trainer
Francis Cave, Consultant. (Read about BIC Trainers, here).

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

Date & Frequency of this Course 
This course will be scheduled for 2021 as soon as possible; for the latest updates, email info@bic.org.uk or join the BIC Training Course mailing list here

To register your interest in attending this course on an unspecified date in future, please see the 'Registration' section, below.

Course Location
Online / Virtual Training. 

Course Length
This is a full day course which will be delivered in 2 half-day sessions, 1:30pm-5:15pm (GMT) on the dates specified, above.

Prices
BIC Members £255.00 + VAT
Friends of BIC £299.50 + VAT
Non Members £325.00 + VAT

Discounted rates apply to BIC members only. Not sure if your organisation is a BIC member? Check our members list here.

REGISTRATION
Register your interest in attending this course here
For further information, please see the 'Frequency of this Course' section, above.

Once a date has been agreed for this course, registration will be carried out via Eventbrite. Payment on Eventbrite 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.