OED Goes Digital

Interesting development:

Oxford University Press Chooses PubFactory to Develop Oxford English Dictionary

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwire – 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."

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