n. pl. dic·tion·ar·ies
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The Oxford DNB project is a unique amalgam of academic and publishing activity. It is constituted as a research and publishing project of the University of Oxford, with research funding from the British Academy, and all other funding and resources from Oxford University Press. The new dictionary will be published by Oxford University Press, the publisher (since 1917) of the first DNB and of the Oxford English Dictionary , and itself a department of the University of Oxford.
Replacing and extending the original Victorian Dictionary of National Biography , the Oxford DNB is probably the largest co-operative research project ever undertaken in the humanities. Over a twelve-year period a team of academic editors and publishers in Oxford is co-ordinating the work of many thousands of specialists worldwide to re-create one of the great reference works in English for the twenty-first century.
Due to its broad, accessible, and authoritative coverage, the Oxford DNB will in turn have a broad appeal: from scholarly researchers to university, college, and school students, professional writers to general readers of biography, local and family historians to librarians, archivists, and curators.
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