Where you create a work that is derived in particular ways from one or more other works, indicate this in your metadata because it is a great aid to discoverability. When you do so, the system automatically populates metadata in the new work, and includes in ONIX the fact that the works are connected.

Throughout this article, the new work is referred to as the Derived work, and the work from which it is derived as the Original works.

Find the Derived work

  • Go to Work > Metadata.
  • Scroll down the page to Identity > Derivation.
  • Click to add an original work, and in the Original works field, type the start of a title to get a list of the original works.
  • Choose the original works.
  • Click Save

If you missed any works out, repeat to add them. The order doesn’t matter at the moment: you define that next.

2. Set the derivation method

Assign a derivation method to the original works.

The most common forms of derivation are Compilation, which indicates that you are combining multiple original works into a new work, or Revised, typically used for a new edition.

3. Optionally, order the original works

Drag the works up and down, to specify which order the original works will be presented in the new work. The new order saves automatically.

4. Incorporate the original contributors

Press Add in Add the original work contributors to this work to incorporate the original works’ contributors into the derived work.

Scroll down to see the complete contributor list. You may see a repeated name, but that is probably a person who has multiple contributor roles (e.g. editor and author). This is correct.

5. Set the authorship statement

If the complete list of contributors is going to be too long for online display, set the Online authorship description to something suitable. Find the field by starting to type authorsh in the page filter.

Click Save.