Oxford University Press
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
iFactory and Oxford University Press Partner on the Design of the Newly Launched Oxford Bibliographies Online
BOSTON—June 30, 2010—iFactory, an award-winning web design and development firm, and Oxford University Press (OUP), the oldest and largest continuously operating university press in the world, together designed the new Oxford Bibliographies Online.
Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO) is a modern tool designed to help busy researchers find reliable sources of information in half the time by directing them to exactly the right chapter, book, website, archive, data set they need for their research. It is a springboard for new research that facilitates fluid movement between texts and databases within a given institution's collection and beyond. OBOis a starting point for organizing a research plan, preparing a writing assignment, or creating a syllabus.
"iFactory played a pivotal role in the development of this project, providing invaluable design advice at key points throughout the process," said Damon Zucca, an Executive Editor at Oxford University Press. "It was a thrill working with such a razor-sharp, highly creative, highly committed team of designers."
OBO combines the best features of a high-level encyclopedia and a traditional bibliography in a style tailored to meet the needs of today's online research. Each subject module includes a full set of entries covering a range of topics from general overviews to highly-specialized themes.
"It was great for us to work on OBO because it represents a new kind of product that could never really exist in the print world," said Tom Beyer, iFactory's Director of Publishing. "Getting a chance to design the next generation of born-digital publishing applications is truly exciting."
The release of OBO directly follows iFactory and OUP's successful launch of Oxford Dictionaries Online, Oxford's innovative modern English dictionary and language reference service.
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 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.
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