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BIC's ONIX: Advanced Topics Training Course

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Tuesday, 5 November 2019 from 09:00 to 17:00 (GMT)

BIC's ONIX: Advanced Topics Training Course

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee VAT Quantity
BIC & EDItEUR Members   more info 28 Oct 2019 £330.00 £18.64 £69.73
Friends of BIC   more info 28 Oct 2019 £390.00 £21.94 £82.39
Non-Members   more info 28 Oct 2019 £440.00 £24.69 £92.94

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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.

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 BIC's ONIX: Advanced Topics Course 


Purpose of the Course
Recent research shows that good metadata leads to increased sales*. With that in mind, this advanced course mixes the theoretical discussion of metadata with practical examples and guidance, and links metadata very clearly with supply chain effectiveness and commercial success.

*Nielsen White Paper: The Link Between Metadata and Sales


Benefits of Attending
Experienced ONIX users will learn how to optimise their metadata and deal with the more complex aspects of ONIX by attending this course. 


Course Level
This course is aimed at experienced ONIX users with a good background in ONIX 2.1 and/or 3.0. Delegates should previously have attended the BIC ONIX: Essentials training course or have extensive experience with ONIX, gained over several years. Attendees do not require a technical background — the course is suitable for both publishing staff and software developers seeking domain knowledge.


Course Outline
The content of this course is modular and will be tailored to the particular interests of delegates; consequently, each course will be different. However, the overall content will be as follows:


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
  • Work IDs


2) ONIX for eBooks:

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


3) ONIX 2.1 to ONIX 3.0 Migration:

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


4) Recent Additions in ONIX 3.0.1, 3.0.2, 3.0.3


5) Question and 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


Read the full course outline here.


The Trainer

Graham Bell

Graham Bell

Executive Director


Graham is Executive Director of EDItEUR, and is responsible for the overall development of EDItEUR’s standards and the management services it provides on behalf of other standards organisations (ISNI International Agency and the International DOI Foundation). He joined EDItEUR as its Chief Data Architect in 2010, focusing on the continuing development and application of ONIX for Books, Thema, EDItX and on other EDItEUR standards for the global books and serials sectors.

Graham is an experienced trainer and speaker. He previously worked for HarperCollins Publishers in the UK, where most recently he was Head of Publishing Systems.



Feedback for this Course
"Learning about the detailed differences between ONIX 2.1 and 3.0 has provided me with greater understanding and knowledge to assist in my job." - Angela Kendall, Nielsen

"Graham Bell is an excellent teacher making the courses interesting even when the subject matter is not that ‘light’. He provides explanations in a clear and concise way." - Angela Kendall, Nielsen

“I can think of many people in my company who would benefit from attending this course.” - Anon.



Date & Frequency of this Course in 2019
Tuesday 5th November 2019.
This course will run once in 2019.


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
Faber Creative Spaces, London.


Course Length
This is a full day course.


BIC & EDItEUR Members £330 + VAT
Friends of BIC £390 + VAT
Non Members £440 + VAT

NB: Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price.


Additional discount available:
Please note that any individual who registers to attend both the BIC ONIX: Essentials and ONIX: Advanced Topics training courses on consecutive days will be eligible to receive a £100 discount on the combined cost of their tickets. This offer is open to BIC & EDItEUR Members, Friends of BIC and Non-Members. Contact Alaina-Marie ( 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 or EDItEUR member? Check the BIC Members list here and the EDItEUR Members list here.

Alternative Payment Option: If you would prefer BIC to invoice your organisation directly, please contact us: 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.


WiFi Access
A password will be provided on the day to delegates.


Travel Information
Tube / Rail Stations:
Holborn, Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square

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 Car Park (approx 3 min walk)


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Course Cancellations

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.


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.

Do you have questions about BIC's ONIX: Advanced Topics Training Course? Contact Book Industry Communication

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When & Where

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

Tuesday, 5 November 2019 from 09:00 to 17:00 (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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