iFactory Announces the Launch of the New Oxford English Dictionary Online!

BOSTON—December 15, 2010—600,000 words...3 million quotations...more than 1,000 years of the English language...the new Oxford English Dictionary Online has launched! []

iFactory, an award-winning digital design and development firm, together with Oxford University Press, is thrilled to announce the revamp of the innovative online iteration of the most authoritative and comprehensive record of the English language.

James Gleick noted in the New York Review of Books, "The OED...has evolved into an enterprise of cyberspace, rather than a mere book...the renovation has turned a cottage into a palace."

Robert Faber, Editorial Director, Scholarly and General Reference at OUP said, "With the new OED website, we were able to unlock fresh insights into how the English language has been used across the centuries, by adding new ways to browse, search, and visualize the information." Faber added, "iFactory has been a great partner to work with on such a core project – they brought real creativity in design, understanding of user behavior, and engineering savvy – but they also understand the importance and value of the OED to its many readers."

Built on iFactory's publishing platform, PubFactory, the new OED adds dynamic search capabilities as well as a multitude of features including:

  • Search and browse by subject, region, usage, or by language of origin
  • Explore by time; search results can be displayed as a timeline allowing the user to see when words have come into the language, e.g. words from Japanese or words related to astronomy
  • Related links at entry level to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford Dictionaries Online (both iFactory projects) and other online resources
  • Create your own profile and save entries and searches

"The new version of the OED Online is a project that we wanted to do for many years," said Tom Beyer, Director of Publishing at iFactory. "The OED offers such a rich data set that there were endless possibilities for providing compelling user interface experiences. We were especially pleased with the timeline charting feature and the deep integration with the Historical Thesaurus. This truly was one of the development opportunities of a lifetime."

About iFactory
Since 1992 iFactory has delivered innovative, inspiring, and intelligent interactive solutions to more than 150 organizations in a variety of verticals 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, please visit

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.

Media Contact:
Lori LoTurco
iFactory/RDW Group

Kate Farquhar-Thomson
Oxford University Press
+ 44 (0) 01865 35 34 23

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