Created by the book industry, for the book industry
For an empowered, informed supply chain
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.
BIC's A Technical Introduction to ONIX & XML Course
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 a technical course and is therefore more likely to benefit those with development and operational roles and those with direct managerial responsibility in such areas.
To ensure that you get the most out of this course we limit the group to 12 people.
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 & schemas
- XML tools for creating, manipulating & validating ONIX data
- The organisation of an ONIX for Books message
- The ONIX for Books DTDs & schemas
- Creating ONIX records & messages from existing data sources
- Linking to media resources
- Communicating record updates
- ONIX and eBooks
Read the full course outline here.
One of the key aims of the course is to provide an introduction to XML for those with no knowledge of the technology, so no previous XML experience is necessary. The other key aim of the course is to introduce ONIX for Books from an XML perspective. It would be helpful if delegates have a basic understanding of the product information requirements of the book supply chain.
Francis Cave 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 the BIC 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
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.
“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.
Date & Frequency of this Course in 2017
Tuesday 6th June 2017.
This course will run once in 2017.
Faber Creative Spaces, London.
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.
This is a full day course.
BIC Members £315 + VAT
Friends of BIC £365 + VAT
Non Members £415 + VAT
NB: Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price.
Discounted rates apply to BIC members only.
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Alternative Payment Option: If you would prefer BIC to invoice your organisation directly, please contact Alaina-Marie@bic.org.uk. Please note that this process will incur a £20.00 administration fee.
On the Day
All of BIC’s full-day courses include refreshments and a full working lunch.
A password will be provided on the day to delegates.
Tube / Rail station:
Holborn, Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square
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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
Bloomsbury Square Carpark (approx 3 min walk)
Did you know that the following organisation’s industry bursaries can be spent on our training courses? Further information can be found at the following addresses:
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Please note: as we price our training courses so keenly, 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.
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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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