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BIC’s ONIX: Advanced Topics Training Course (online – revised for 2023)

November 7, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - November 8, 2023 @ 5:30 pm GMT

Aimed at experienced ONIX users, this online course provides guidance on optimising your metadata and the more complex aspects of ONIX.

BIC ONIX: Advanced Topics training course (online – revised for 2023)


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.

Please note: the training on data elements relating to digital products, open access, audio material and chapter-level metadata has been transferred to the new ONIX Essentials Plus course and the new short course ONIX for Digital Products.

*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 suitable for delegates with a good background knowledge of publishing and experience working with ONIX. Attendees do not require a technical background, the course is aimed at staff with management responsibility for product metadata or software developers seeking more in-depth domain knowledge. Delegates should previously have attended the BIC ONIX Essentials training course or have gained extensive knowledge and experience of metadata management and ONIX over several years.

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 most likely include many of the following topics:

 1) Identifiers and Core Semantics:

  • WMI stack in and interoperability with library metadata models
  • Class inheritance, where in the stack does each data element live?
  • Principles of identifiers; ISBNs and GTINs; ISNI and name identification; DOIs; work IDs
  • Discoverability, keywords and structured subject coding including Thema
  • Sales rights and nonterritorial restrictions
  • Advanced international markets
  • Advanced collections
  • Advanced pricing with alternative pricing models, price constraints, discounts; multi-item/multi-component products
  • XML validation
  • Block updating including P&A updates
  • Acknowledgement message

 2) Recent Additions in ONIX 3.0.1 – 3.0.8.

 3) Discuss your issues

  • It would be helpful if you are able to inform the trainer in advance, but discussion topics can be raised ‘on the day’

 6) Practical Demos (spread throughout the day):

  • How to validate ONIX messages
  • Why character sets and encodings are important
  • Tag name conversion
  • Underused features and opportunities; common errors

The Trainer   

EDItEUR membership Graham Bell

Executive Director, EDItEUR 

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.

Dates and Frequency of this Course    

Tues 7th and Weds 8th November 2023 (over 2 half days)

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 course is suitable for in-house training so please do contact us to request further information or to make a booking: info@bic.org.uk 

Course Location  

Online / Virtual Training.

Course Length 

This is a full day course which will be delivered in two, half-day training sessions, 1.00pm-5.30pm (UK)on the dates specified, above.


BIC & EDItEUR Members £295 + VAT

Friends of BIC £345 + VAT

Non-Members £400 + VAT 

Note: Ticket price excludes the Eventbrite processing fee.

Additional discount available: Please note that any individual who registers, at the same time, to attend both this ONIX: Advanced Topics and either of the ONIX Essentials Plus courses in July, Sept or Nov 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 BIC (info@bic.org.uk) 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 cannot be used in conjunction with any other or discount code. 

The fully discounted rates apply to BIC and EDItEUR members only.

Check BIC membership and /or EDItEUR membership.

Alternative Payment Option: If you would prefer BIC to invoice your organisation directly, please contact us: info@bic.org.uk. Please note that this process will incur a £25.00 administration fee.

BIC Training Courses

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 at the heart of the book industry. 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.

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.


November 7, 2023 @ 1:00 pm GMT
November 8, 2023 @ 5:30 pm GMT


Book Industry Communication Ltd
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