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BIC's A Technical Introduction to ONIX & XML Training Course (online)

Book Industry Communication Ltd

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 at 13:30 - Wednesday, 30 September 2020 at 17:15 (BST)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee VAT
BIC Members   more info 21 Sep 2020 £240.00 £16.09 £51.22
Friends of BIC   more info 21 Sep 2020 £285.00 £19.02 £60.80
Non-Members   more info 21 Sep 2020 £325.00 £21.62 £69.32

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Created by the book industry, for the book industry

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Established in 1991, BIC is an independent, not-for-profit organisation without commercial objective or emphasis. We pride ourselves on working collaboratively with key stakeholders in the UK book industry to produce quality training courses that are created and delivered by expert, highly respected trainers on a wide range of supply chain topics. Being a not-for-profit organisation, BIC is able to offer all of its training at highly competitive rates. If there is a topic that you would like us to provide training on, that we do not provide at present, get in touch; we also welcome enquires about the provision of bespoke in-house courses.


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BIC's A Technical Introduction to ONIX & XML Course 


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



Francis is a freelance publishing technology consultant and one of the UK’s leading experts on the application of XML in publishing. He has almost thirty years’ experience advising publishers on how to make best use of the latest technologies in editorial and production, and for the past twelve years has been supporting BIC in the development of a range of trade and library supply chain communication standards, including BIC's web service standards. He has been providing technical support to EDItEUR in the development of the ONIX for Books product information standard since 1999, and in the development of the EDItX family of XML transaction message formats since 2002.



Feedback for this Course
“The course was clearly presented, logical and pitched at exactly the right level. Great for building confidence and consolidating work experience.” - Anon.


“Very knowledgeable trainer who was very flexible for questions. Techy but easy to follow.” - Anon.


“I really enjoyed this course. It contained lots of good and relevant information.” - Benedict Salvesen, Bloomsbury Publishing


“I had a knowledge of XML prior to the course but for an introductory course it was well structured [...] I found this course useful and feel confident in ONIX now.” - Anon.


What component of the training was most effective for you? “Detailed information on schema vs DTD and latest documentation. This is the aspect of ONIX that I haven’t been able to self-teach during my years of hands-on learning. I feel much more comfortable about managing our transition to ONIX 3.0 now, thanks.” - Anon.



Date & Frequency of this Course
Tuesday 29th - Wednesay 30th September 2020.
This course will run once in 2020.


Bespoke and In-House Training
BIC is committed to providing high quality, accessible training for the book industry. We are able to provide both bespoke courses and in-house training to suit your requirements. This courses is suitable for in-house training so please do contact us to request further information or to make a booking:


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 (BST) on the dates specified, above.


BIC Members £240 + VAT
Friends of BIC £285 + VAT
Non Members £325 + VAT


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


Alternative Payment Option: If you would prefer BIC to invoice your organisation directly, please contact note that this process will incur a £20.00 administration fee.



Course Cancellations

Please note: as we price our training courses so competitively, the running of them is dependent on there being a set minimum number of delegates registered by the time the booking period ceases. For this reason, please be aware that unfortunately some courses may be cancelled if this requirement is not met. Should this happen, BIC will arrange for full refunds for all training courses booked. We will liaise with registered delegates at least 2 weeks prior to each course date regarding this. BIC apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Refund Policy

Please take a few moments to familiarise yourself with our refund policy. 


Should you need to cancel your ticket, refunds may be given as follows:

  • Up to 6 calendar weeks (i.e. 42 calendar days) before the event: full refund
  • Less than 6 calendar weeks, but more than 2 calendar weeks (i.e. 14 days) before the event: 50% refund
  • Less than 2 calendar weeks before the event: no refund

If you (or a colleague in your place) do not attend the training course you have booked, no refund will be given.


Please note: Tickets are transferable within your organisation.

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Tuesday, 29 September 2020 at 13:30 - Wednesday, 30 September 2020 at 17:15 (BST)

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BIC is a UK-based, not-for-profit members organisation at the heart of the book industry creating standards, best practices and resources that form part of the DNA of all sectors of the industry's supply chains; helping organisations become more efficient, save money, become less wasteful and ultimately become greener. At the cornerstone of the book industry, we hold a unique position of trust, facilitating UK and international industry-wide collaboration to reach agreement on dependable standards and best practice in the supply chain.

We make the UK book supply chain more efficient by developing standards and encouraging their adoption. We define best practice and connect experts and stakehodlers to enable innovation.

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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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