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Putting scholarship online Robert Faber Editorial Director, Scholarly and General Reference
www.oup.com/online OED and ODNB Competition OED: none on same scale; lots of free dictionaries ODNB: none on same scale in British history; lots of low-grade biography Print, magnetic tape, CD-ROM, online … Online business model: subscription Unlimited Concurrent user Limited periods … so renewable
www.oup.com/online Business models Subscription Pay-per-view / pay-per-access Perpetual access (e-books?) With hosting fee? From online shops to e-readers (e-books?) Mobile apps (e-books?) Free! Advertising Market place Infomediary
www.oup.com/online OED project OED first published 1884–1928 20-volume print set; text first digitized in 1980s; CD Complete rewrite now under way 70 staff publishing online since March 2000 currently 260,000 entries, 800,000 senses defined, 2.9 million quotations, 55 million words of text online 10,000+ revised or new entries a year, in 4 updates Editing now based around online publication and electronic materials New search capabilities By date, language of origin, full text, quotations, usage, region, etc. Online has brought new readerships
www.oup.com/online OED Online Markets: academic and professional libraries Law, medicine, as well as humanities But also public libraries and individuals In 8 years OED has gone from being the 20-volume gorilla of the dictionary world … Legendary but rarely seen in the flesh To the most-used Oxford dictionary online 2,300 to >4,000 subscribers in last 5 years Up to 2.8 million entries viewed each month Challenge now to offer content at all levels of use Language tool-kit a mix of print, PC, and online
www.oup.com/online OED usage: entries displayed by month Calendar 2000 average 160,000/month peak 320,000 in a month Now average >2m/month peak c2.8m in a month
www.oup.com/online Oxford DNB project First published 1885–1901 (63 + 3 vols) + supplements: total 36,000 lives, 33 vols, 33m words New DNB project 1992–2004: £25m+ 55,000 biographies 10,000 images, 62m words Written by 10,000 people worldwide Communication, technology 50,000 sub-projects made possible by technology Database prepared for any form of publication
www.oup.com/online Publish all together Not the original plan Shortened timescale: 12 years not 20 More resources, more risk! Enabled focus on subsets of content Became a research project Mobilize 10,000 contributors 653 wrote the Victorian DNB (29,000 lives) Would we do it that way now?
www.oup.com/online ODNB online Innovative online features Highly searchable by place, occupation, religion, date, images, etc. Direct links other resources Online ‘themes’ growing as British history companion Rapid online sales growth Driving traffic: biography index
www.oup.com/online Marketing and positioning Content relevant to everyone Generates much interest: word hunts, family and local history But content can be of the highest standard Link to OUP’s mission Brand awareness – and challenging misconceptions Very large enterprises over very long time-spans Ideally suited to electronic management Hubs of online information Built into the academic network
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