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Re: Link rot in Supreme Court decisions

From: Herbert Van de Sompel <hvdsomp@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:37:33 +0200
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Cc: "www-tag@w3.org WG" <www-tag@w3.org>
To: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Mark's mail provides me with a good opportunity to share:


The document is about providing temporal context (access date, URI of resource version) for web links in a machine-actionable manner as a way to address reference rot. It also explores concrete ways to express this temporal context in HTML.

I am very interested in comments, opinions, advise. 


Herbert Van de Sompel

On Sep 24, 2013, at 3:50, Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net> wrote:

> I'm sure some here will enjoy / be horrified by this.
> http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/24/us/politics/in-supreme-court-opinions-clicks-that-lead-nowhere.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&_r=0
>> In Supreme Court Opinions, Web Links to Nowhere
>> Published: September 23, 2013
>> WASHINGTON — Supreme Court opinions have come down with a bad case of link rot. According to a new study, 49 percent of the hyperlinks in Supreme Court decisions no longer work.
> and:
>> The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in San Francisco, could serve as a model. It maintains an electronic archive of what it calls “webcites” in the PDF format.
>> Professor Zittrain and his colleagues are at work on a more ambitious solution, Perma.cc, a platform built and run by a consortium of law libraries. It allows writers and editors to capture and fix transient information on the Web with a new, permanent link.
> Cheers,
> --
> Mark Nottingham   http://www.mnot.net/

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