WHAT IS ONIX?
- ONIX stands for Online Information Exchange.
- ONIX is an XML-based standard created by a consortium of publishers, wholesalers, retailers, and data aggregators, originally brought together by the AAP.
- The ONIX format was created in response to the industry’s need to be able to communicate better information about titles.
- ONIX is the preferred form of electronic bibliographic transmission of Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Baker & Taylor, Bowker, Ingram, The Library of Congress, and many other interested data recipients.
- ONIX's XML structure is very well suited to handle the variable amounts of information that can be conveyed for each product. The format can house rich descriptive information such as book descriptions, author biographies, Catalog Copy, and even excerpts.
- ONIX is a tool that helps publishers communicate their product messages effectively.
- The ONIX standard is managed internationally by a group in the UK named Editeur. Here in the US, it is managed by the BISAC Metadata Committee.
- ONIX has gone through several versions. Since its inception in 1998, ONIX has had the following versions: 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, and 2.1. At any given point in time, eloquence employs one or more versions of ONIX when it sends data to its partners – depending on the requirement of the partner.
- ONIX Version 3.0 is currently in discussion and is scheduled for release in early 2009. Version 3.0 is the first version of ONIX not to be ‘backward compatible’ with previous releases. This means that anyone that uses ONIX will need to reprogram their systems to take advantage of version 3.0.
- ONIX is not data. Just because the spreadsheet you are sending to a major retailer contains descriptive content, it doesn’t mean that you are sending ONIX. You are still sending a spreadsheet. ONIX is the form that the data is sent in, not the data itself.
- Eloquence does not ONLY send out your data in ONIX files. We do send ONIX to those partners (like the ones mentioned above) that prefer it, but we ALSO send your data in spreadsheets, delimited files, and text files to our partners who prefer those forms. Of the 100 and counting partners we have, most still want title information in a spreadsheet.
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