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BISG Announces 2020 ONIX Training

Sunday, January 5, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Brian O'Leary

Metadata has been a BISG priority for more than two decades. The organization was part of early work to introduce ONIX in the U.S. market, and it has led more recent efforts to promote awareness and adoption of the current ONIX 3 standard. BISG dedicated a significant share of its 2018 programming to hosting three day-long metadata summits, with sessions dedicated to providers, recipients, and a joint conversation about how to advance the industry's effective use of metadata.

Last fall, Amazon advised its book industry vendors that it planned to require use of ONIX 3.0 by the end of calendar 2020. The announcement prompted conversations across the industry, and BISG's metadata committee is working on ways to help the industry be ready for a move to ONIX 3.0 before the start of the fall 2020 selling season.

Training is one of those options, and we're pleased to announce that BISG and EDItEUR's Graham Bell have agreed to put on a series of seven training sessions in New York, Minneapolis, and Chicago. The workshops will take place between February 21 and February 28, 2020. Registration for all sessions opened last week.

The first session, scheduled for the afternoon of February 21, is an ONIX pricing workshop that will take place in midtown New York. Graham Bell, executive director of EDItEUR, will lead a workshop that examines opportunities to use ONIX 3.0.x to communicate pricing information. Participants will be asked to contribute actual metadata from their own feeds, with feedback provided as part of the workshop.

The following week, Bell will lead two "ONIX Essentials" training sessions: one on February 24 in New York; the second on February 27 in MinneapolisThis intensive training course introduces the ONIX standard and the essentials of producing, managing, and disseminating book metadata. It mixes the background and theory of metadata with real-world practice and guidance in an approachable but authoritative way. The sessions will meet the needs of staff with management responsibility for metadata in editorial, IT, marketing, or production within a publisher.

There will also be two workshops tackling "ONIX Advanced Topics", on February 26 in New York, followed by a second session on February 28 in Chicago. The advanced course mixes the theoretical discussion of metadata with practical examples and guidance. It links metadata very clearly with supply-chain effectiveness and commercial success. By attending this course, experienced ONIX users will learn how to optimize their metadata and deal with the more complex aspects of ONIX.

On February 25, we're pleased to offer two half-day sessions. In the morning, Bell will cover "Using ONIX to Better Market Books", a topic that has been a key theme for BISG's metadata committee since late 2018. In the afternoon, we'll cover Thema, the international subject-code scheme that has seen significant growth since its introduction in 2013.

Space for all workshops is limited, and early registration is encouraged. Companies interested in having multiple staff participate should contact the BISG office for help in getting everyone registered. Discounts for multiple participants and multiple days' participation are available.

EDItEUR is the international group coordinating development of the standards infrastructure for electronic commerce in the book, e-book and serials sectors. EDItEUR provides its membership with research, standards and guidance in such diverse areas as: bibliographic and product information for the book, e-book and serials sectors; EDI and other e-commerce transaction standards; the standards infrastructure for digital publishing; and rights management and trading. Their workshops are in-depth opportunities to deepen staff understanding and improve the effectiveness of book metadata.


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