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Oxford University Press Chooses PubFactory to Develop Oxford English Dictionary


BOSTON—August 4, 2010—iFactory, an award-winning web design and development firm, today announced that Oxford University Press (OUP) has chosen iFactory's online publishing platform, PubFactory, to develop the relaunched version of the online Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books. The new version of the OED will include the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary and new functionality such as the ability to search and browse the OED by a wide variety of criteria including subject, region, usage, or language of origin; see detailed information about the major sources of the OED; view search results as a timeline; and personalize the resource by saving searches and entries to a personal profile.

"The OED has been a pioneering digital project," said Robert Faber, Editorial Director, Scholarly and General Reference at OUP. "Building a new version is a great opportunity to present the information locked in the OED database in what we believe is a much more accessible, dynamic, and productive way, while maintaining its reliability and scholarly authority. iFactory has been great to work with on such a core project – they bring real creativity in design, understanding of user behaviour, and engineering savvy, but also understand the importance and value of the OED to its many readers, and to OUP."

The selection of PubFactory for OED continues a long-standing relationship between iFactory and OUP. Among some of the Web design and development projects where OUP has partnered with iFactory are Oxford Dictionaries Online, Oxford Bibliographies Online, Oxford Language Dictionaries Online, Oxford Biblical Studies Online, which received an APA PROSE Award for "Best in Reference Works", and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, which received an International Information Industry Award for "Best User Experience".

"We are thrilled to have been chosen to develop the new version of the OED," said Tom Beyer, iFactory’s Director of Publishing. "We are hoping to enhance its online presence to match its preeminent position in the world of scholarship. With the addition of the new historical thesaurus and a variety of interface enhancements, we feel that this will set a new standard for reference works."

About iFactory
Since 1992 iFactory has delivered innovative, inspiring, and intelligent interactive solutions to more than 150 organizations in a variety of industries including publishing, higher education, health care, and nonprofit. The company brings together design vision, engineering knowledge, and project management skills that result in the highest quality digital media solutions every time, on time. Based in Boston, MA, iFactory is a division of RDW Group, a leading integrated communications firm. For more information, visit www.ifactory.com.

About Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press, a department of the University of Oxford, furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. The world's largest and most international university press, Oxford University Press currently publishes more than 6,000 new publications per year, has offices in around 50 countries, and employs some 5,000 people worldwide. It has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing program that includes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, bibles, music, school and college textbooks, children's books, materials for teaching English as a foreign language, business books, dictionaries and reference books, and journals.

Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP-US) is affiliated with Oxford University Press in the United Kingdom (OUP-UK). OUP USA is a nonprofit publisher and the largest university press in the United States. OUP USA publishes works that further Oxford University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship and education.

Media Contact:
Lori LoTurco
iFactory/RDW Group
617.235.5846
lori@ifactory.com

Purdy
Oxford University Press
212.726.6032
christian.purdy@oup.com

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