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iFactory and Oxford University Press Launch the Free and Subscriber Oxford Dictionaries Online
BOSTON—May 27, 2010—iFactory, an award-winning web design and development firm, and Oxford University Press, the oldest and largest continuously operating university press in the world, launched the Oxford Dictionaries Online, free and subscriber sites.
Oxford Dictionaries Online is Oxford's innovative modern English dictionary and language reference service. Featuring smart-linked, fully searchable content from Oxford's largest modern English dictionaries and thesauruses, ODO provides comprehensive coverage of British, US, and World English with more than 350,000 definitions and 600,000 synonyms and antonyms. As well as sophisticated browse and filter options, there are also separate modules with detailed writing, grammar, and spelling guidance, specialist language reference resources for professional writers and editors, and a dedicated puzzle-solving zone.
PubFactory's customizable features include a 'My Oxford Dictionary' feature for creating your own profile and saving entries and searches, an innovative alpha word wheel for browsing, and a user-friendly advanced search.
"We are delighted to have worked with iFactory in developing Oxford Dictionaries Online," said Judy Pearsall, Head of Dictionaries, Oxford University Press. "This was a large custom-built project with complex data needs, and iFactory excelled in building an enticing and intuitive interface with underlying data sophistication and robust technology. Overall we're pleased that it's been such a good match of design, data skills, and rich content."
The selection of PubFactory for Oxford Dictionaries Online 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 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 by the launch of ODO because it marks a milestone for us: our first commercial launch on PubFactory," said Tom Beyer, Director of Publishing for iFactory. "To have such a distinguished client and such an excellent product to launch with gets us off to a great start. We are especially excited that so much functionality is being exposed directly to the public."
Since 1992 iFactory has provided web design and web application development for 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 fifty 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.