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Re: Strategies for Abandoned Web sites

From: Jonathan Rees <jar@creativecommons.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Jan 2011 12:27:38 -0500
Message-ID: <AANLkTimytBnMWWQfRCYuPWc9zGNrSek=JMbGYUWHNMek@mail.gmail.com>
To: Karl Dubost <karld@opera.com>
Cc: Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>, "www-tag@w3.org WG" <www-tag@w3.org>
Another story to add to this thread

http://iphylo.blogspot.com/2011/01/demise-of-phthirapteraorg-and-perils-of.html
which refers to
http://blogs.nature.com/mfenner/2009/02/17/interview-with-geoffrey-bilder
which I will read soon, promise...

Persistence of a name is orthogonal to persistence of content. Many
documents have persisted on the web without having a consistent URI
over time. And as DURI makes clear it is possible to ensure that the
meaning of a name is preserved even after the referent perishes. These
two discussions should be disentangled to the extent possible.

Jonathan

On Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 11:56 AM, Karl Dubost <karld@opera.com> wrote:
>
> Le 20 janv. 2011 à 11:38, Larry Masinter a écrit :
>> Why are web sites abandoned? Because the person or organization
>> cannot or does not want to maintain it any more. Any approach to
>> this problem has to take into account the economics: who pays
>> for perpetual care?
>
> Yes definitely.
> Multiple copies increase the chances of survival. In the physical world, we often loose the source after a while. For example, the initial carved wood for printing this drawing, but there are so many copies distributed across the world, that the chances of survival exist.
>
> For Web sites, there is the issue of the unique copy of the site.
> (note that museum curators  have similar issues with multimedia artists.  Sometimes it is more important to have a description and source code of the performance more than the physical artifacts of this performance.)
>
> --
> Karl Dubost - http://dev.opera.com/
> Developer Relations & Tools, Opera Software
>
>
>
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