Oxford University Press chooses PubFactory for Oxford Dictionaries Online

Excited to see that OUP is working with iFactory, and their new platform, PubFactory.  I haven’t seen PubFactory since beta, so I’m anxious to try it out.  Am hoping to get a grand tour via webinar this month, so look for an informal PubFactory review on NSR soon.   Here’s the press release:

iFactory chosen for superior fusion of design and technology,
continues long-standing relationship with OUP

BOSTON – January 14, 2010 — iFactory, an award-winning web design and development firm, today announced that Oxford University Press (OUP) has chosen iFactory’s new online publishing development platform, PubFactory, to develop Oxford Dictionaries Online, a new global modern English dictionary and language reference service. OUP, a major provider of online reference and scholarly content to libraries, turned to iFactory for this project because of its unique focus on design and custom development capabilities.

“We are excited to be working with iFactory again, this time for our Oxford Dictionaries Online offering,” said Casper Grathwohl, VP/Reference Publisher, Oxford University Press. “We had very specific needs for this project that included extensive custom development and the desire to offer a simple and intuitive user experience. We truly believed that the PubFactory platform was the only technology solution on the market that could meet our objectives within an aggressive timeframe, and we’ve been pleased with the results so far.”

Slated for release in late spring 2010, Oxford Dictionaries Online will give users Oxford’s largest modern English dictionaries, thesauruses, and usage guides at their fingertips. It is positioned to be the go-to resource for definition-seekers, business professionals, writers, copyeditors, linguists, academics, students, teachers, non-native speakers, puzzle enthusiasts, and “wordies.” Key features and benefits of the service will include a quick search, an innovative A-Z wordwheel, and audio pronunciations. Users will be able to select U.S. or World English, giving users the context they need in a single click.

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 Biblical Studies Online, Oxford Language Dictionaries Online, and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, which received an International Information Industry Award for “Best User Experience.”

“We are proud of the various online solutions that we’ve created for OUP, and our selection to develop its Oxford Dictionaries Online product is a testament to the exceptional service we that provide,” said José Fossi, CEO, iFactory. “We’re thrilled to be entering another decade of our relationship with this prestigious organization and honored and excited to continue being associated with such sophisticated and renowned editorial work.”

Presentations of Oxford Dictionaries Online will be given in OUP’s booth #2218 at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Boston, January 15-17, 2010, and will also be featured at the PubFactory launch party on Saturday, January 16 at 5:00 p.m. at The Seaport Hotel, Flagship A Room, 2nd floor.

For additional information and to view an online demo of PubFactory, the online publishing platform that brings superior design, custom publishing, and flexible revenue models to a compelling online experience, please visit http://www.pubfactory.net.

About iFactory
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, healthcare, and non-profit. 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, Mass., iFactory is a division of RDW Group, a leading integrated communications firm. For more information, visit www.ifactory.com.

About Oxford University Press, Inc.
Oxford University Press, Inc. (OUP-US) is affiliated with Oxford University Press in the United Kingdom (OUP-UK), a department of Oxford University. OUP, Inc. is a nonprofit publisher and the largest university press in the U.S. OUP, Inc. publishes works that further Oxford University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship and education. OUP, Inc. has become familiar to millions through a diverse publishing program that includes scholarly works in all academic disciplines, Bibles, music, school and college textbooks, business and economic books, online scholarly resource sites, dictionaries and reference books, and academic journals.

OUP, Inc. produces approximately 500 new titles a year, of which about half are scholarly research monographs, and imports close to 800 titles from OUP-UK and other branch offices around the world. OUP, Inc. has ~5,000 scholarly books in print and stocks another 8,700 import titles. All publications are first vetted by OUP delegates, who are leading scholars at Oxford University and other top U.S. institutions.

Between its offices in New York City and the Research Triangle of North Carolina, OUP, Inc. employs close to 700 individuals in the U.S. The U.S. books garner numerous awards each year from academic and professional societies.

Media Contacts:
Lauren Howe
iFactory/RDW Group
401-553-5106
lhowe@rdwgroup.com

Christian Purdy
Oxford University Press
212-743-6032
christian.purdy@oup.com