Sunday, October 11, 2015

US Supreme Court Tackles Link Rot Problem

This is a follow-up to the Library Boy post of September 27, 2015 entitled Profile Article About Inventor of Anti-Link Rot Web Tool.

That post discussed a recent article about Harvard Law Library director Jonathan Zittrain who played a major role in the creation of a tool to help law journals and courts deal with link rot. Link rot refers to broken URLs or to URLs that direct to the original site but whose corresponding document has been removed or relocated without any information about where to find it.

Zittrain was the co-author of an article a few years ago that found that 50% of the links cited in U.S. Supreme Court opinions no longer worked properly.

The New York Times reported last week that the Court has created a dedicated page on its website where it posts permanent copies of the materials to which it links in its decisions.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 4:44 pm


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