Workshop - ONIX: Essentials+

This intensive online course, provided in three half-day training sessions, introduces the ONIX standard and the essentials of producing, managing, and distributing good book metadata.


It mixes the background and theory of metadata with real-world practice and guidance in an approachable way. Delegates will be provided with all the vital information to understand the basics of ONIX and how it is used in the book industry. 

This course isn’t highly technical, and is suitable both for beginners with no knowledge of ONIX or those already familiar with ONIX. 

It is aimed at staff with responsibility for product metadata, whether in editorial, marketing, production or IT within a publisher, or in similar roles within distribution and retailing. 

If you're looking for more advanced metadata training or can't make this date let us know through this form, as we're looking to schedule further courses throughout 2024. We're also running a Thema: Essentials workshop on 20 February 2024.

Course dates & times:

This course will be delivered in three half-day training sessions online, from 09:00-13.30 (AEDT) on Tuesday 13, Wednesday 14, and Thursday 15 February 2024.

Course content:

The course content aims to cover ONIX 3.0 in a comprehensive way, though comparisons with version 2.1 are introduced where appropriate.

  1. Introduction
    Some of this introduction is pre-recorded for viewing before the main training:
    • Explanation of what ONIX is, with typical use cases. 
    • A brief history of ONIX and its governance.
    • Discussion of the different versions of ONIX (2.1 vs 3.0).
    • Commercial benefits.
    • ONIX for Books 3.0, differences from 2.1 and advantages of 3.0.
    • Available documentation and tools. 
  2. Further detail
    • Introduction to XML syntax. 
    • Importance of semantics and controlled vocabularies (codelists). 
    • High-level structure and design of ONIX.
    • Functional granularity, language independence, semantic interoperability. 
    • Data feeds, best practice and service level expectations.
  3. Key data elements
    • Record reference. 
    • Product identifiers and Product form. 
    • Contributors and XHTML encoding of rich text.
    • Titles, sets, series and collections.
    • Subject coding and keywords. 
    • Descriptive text and other collateral material.
    • Imprint and publisher.
    • Publication date and sales embargos.
    • Territorial sales rights. 
    • Related works and products. 
    • Supply details and pricing.
  4. Summary and further resources

Course Trainer:

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 (including the International ISBN and ISNI agencies and the IDF). 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 leading the development of bibliographic and digital asset management systems.

Pricing & bookings

Standard pricing, available until 8 February:

  • APA Members: $600.00

  • PANZ Members: $637.50

  • Non-members: $850.00

All prices exclude GST.

Booking process:

Places on this course can be booked below, but to simplify the process and ensure discounts Members should login prior to registration. Should you have any issues with your website access, please contact us.

Refunds can be requested up until 31 January 2024, minus a small administration fee. Transfers to colleagues are free. 

If this date does not suit, please register your interest for future sessions using this form.

13/02/2024 9:00 AM - 15/02/2024 1:30 PM
AUS Eastern Daylight Time

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