In partnership with the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), the BISG presented the third in their series of ONIX 3.0 educational webcasts. David Martin from EDItEUR’s ONIX Support Team and Brian Green, Executive Director of the International ISBN Agency focused mainly on how ONIX 3.0 provides new support for digital publishing.
The presentation was an excellent introduction for those of us wondering how the ONIX 3.0 release will impact the supply chain. The very first thing to realize about this release is that ONIX 3.0 is not backwards compatible with earlier ONIX releases. This could mean that adoption of ONIX 3.0 will be slow, however the overhaul to the standard will mean somewhat less complexity and of course some new elements to mark up digital formats and marketing collateral for the supply chain.
Obviously there is a lot debate and work to be done around ebook identification in the supply chain but the ONIX 3.0 is an encouraging move in the right direction.
The Key Features of ONIX 3.0 are:
* Removal of ‘deprecated’ elements
* Digital products (ebooks and more)
* Multiple-item products, sets and items in series
* Market-specific data, for products sold internationally
* Breakdown of product records into ‘blocks’, to allow partial updates
* New schema language options (RELAX NG)
There are lots of great improvements in the new release and even though it is not backwards compatible I think it will be hugely beneficial to migrate your ONIX to this release. So far no one has implemented ONIX 3.0 but at least one Canadian organization on the call yesterday indicated they will be moving to ONIX 3.0 in 2010. Let us know if you are planning a migration to ONIX 3.0 soon!
Check out the full presentation.