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BIC's Advanced ONIX for Books Training Course

Book Industry Communication

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (GMT)

BIC's Advanced ONIX for Books Training Course

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BIC Member
BIC & EDItEUR members only. Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price. Invoice available on request – contact Alaina-Marie (alaina-marie@bic.org.uk) for further information.
Oct 25, 2016 £305.00 £16.25 £64.25
Friend of BIC
For BIC Non-Members, who are members of any of the following organisations: ALPSP, BA, BookMachine, CILIP, NAG, PA, PLS, PR Licensing, Publishing Scotland. Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price. Invoice available on request – contact Alaina-Marie (alaina-marie@bic.org.uk) for further information.
Oct 25, 2016 £355.00 £18.75 £74.75
BIC Non-Member
IPG members are eligible for a 20% discount on the BIC Non-Member ticket price - email alaina-marie@bic.org.uk for further information. Please note: travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price. Invoice available on request – contact Alaina-Marie (alaina-marie@bic.org.uk) for further information.
Oct 25, 2016 £405.00 £20.08 £85.02

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BIC Training Courses

Training for an empowered, informed supply chain



Advanced ONIX for Books



The Advanced ONIX for Books course is aimed at staff with management responsibility for metadata, either in IT, marketing or production within a publisher, or in similar roles in distribution and retailing.



Delegates should previously have attended the BIC training course, "ONIX: Essentials" (formerly known as the Bibliographic Metadata & ONIX training course), or have extensive experience with ONIX gained over several years. It is not aimed primarily at developers – there is relatively little technical content – but developers wishing to gain broad background knowledge will benefit from attending.



1. Identifiers and core semantics

  • WMI stack in indecs, WEMI in FRBR, comparison with other stacks
  • Class inheritance, where in the stack does each data element live
  • Class diagrams and database schemas
  • SKUs and proprietary GTINs
  • ISNI and other name identifiers
  • ISTC and proprietary work IDs

2. ONIX for e-books

  • The basic differences
  • Can I do...?
  • Accessibility
  • Rentals

3. ONIX 2.1 to ONIX 3 migration

  • Why does ONIX 3.0 exist (rather than 2.2)
  • What current data is okay, what are you likely to be missing
  • The key parts of a migration (what parts of the message change)
  • Block updates

4. ONIX quirks

  • Barcode for North America
  • Imprint ID for Amazon

5. Question & Answer session

  •  (Bring your own ONIX file...)

6. Practical demos (spread throughout the day)

  • How to validate ONIX messages
  • Why character sets and encodings are important
  • Tag name conversion
To read more about this course, please click here
Please note: travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price.



Graham Bell, Executive Director, EDItEUR

Graham Bell joined EDItEUR in 2010, and he focuses on the continuing development and application of ONIX for Books, and on other EDItEUR metadata standards for the global book, e-book, and serials sectors. Graham previously worked for HarperCollins Publishers in the UK where he was Head of Publishing Systems. He led the development of bibliographic and digital asset management systems, and was involved with the launches of many recent HarperCollins digital initiatives including e-audio, e-books, and print-on-demand programs. Prior to HarperCollins, he worked as an editor and in IT roles within the magazine industry with Redwood Publishing. Read more about BIC's trainers here.



Faber Creative Spaces

Bloomsbury House

74-77 Great Russell Street



Located on the fourth floor of Faber. Each Faber Creative Space comes with excellent technical facilities, including WiFi and audio-visual equipment.The intimacy of the Academy Space, with its archive of reference, fiction and poetry books and decor that nods to Faber’s history, is perfect for creative meetings, training sessions and away days.

Faber Creative Spaces are accessible via excellent transport links and a lift to the fourth floor.




A password will be provided on the day to delegates.



All of BIC’s full day courses include refreshments and a full working lunch.



Tube/ Rail station:

Holborn, Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square

www.journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk / www.nationalrail.co.uk


London City Airport – 9 miles, ca 20 min by car

Heathrow – 20miles, ca 30 min by car

Luton – 33 miles, ca 50 min by car

Stansted – 36 miles, ca 50 min by car

Gatwick – 32 miles, ca 60 min by car

Car parks:

Bloomsbury Square Carpark (approx 3 min walk)



Conquer Publishing Discoverability with BIC

BookMachine have teamed up with BIC to make sure that everyone who takes a BIC training course can be discovered quickly on BookMachine Connect. The courses are taught by experts in their field and teach all the core skills that those working in the publishing supply chain need to make a success of their careers. Find out more here: http://www.bic.org.uk/143/Conquer-Publishing-Discoverability-with-BIC/


Discounted rates apply to BIC members only.

Not sure if your organisation is a BIC member? Check our members list here.


Graham Bell
Executive Director
Have questions about BIC's Advanced ONIX for Books Training Course? Contact Book Industry Communication

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Faber Creative Spaces
Bloomsbury House
74-77 Great Russell Street
WC1B 3DA London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (GMT)

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Book Industry Communication

BIC is an independent organisation set up and sponsored by the Publishers Association, Booksellers Association, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and the British Library to promote supply chain efficiency in all sectors of the book world through e-commerce and the application of best practice, standard processes and procedures. We have excellent relationships with all major standards bodies and we work closely with the Book Industry Study Group in the US.

BIC unites all sectors of the publishing industry, so whether you're a publisher, on-line retailer, "bricks & mortar" retailer, distributor, library (academic or public), wholesaler, digital partner, literary agent, conversion house, or any combination of these, we're here for you. We offer a "one stop shop" experience, impartial advice and support on anything & everything related to the Supply Chain (digital and/or physical) and we always love to hear from our members...and anyone who might like to become a member. Your feedback is invaluable to us.

We want to hear your ideas, what you're working on, what's challenging you right now, and what changes/developments/projects etc you think the industry might benefit from - so that we can work on your behalf to deliver solutions.

Finally, as an FYI: without neglecting the printed book world, BIC will now be focussing an increasing amount of its energy on work in the Digital Supply Chain.


Digital & Physical Supply Chain, EDI/e-commerce, Metadata optimisation, Training courses, Industry Accreditation Schemes, Product Identifiers/Bar codes/ISBNs etc..., ONIX, Bibliographic standards, RFID, BIC Codes, Web Services, Addressing industry needs, Best practice


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