Monday, May 18, 2015

Are You Doing Enough to Prevent Link Rot?

Are You Doing Enough to Prevent Link Rot?  Ernie Smith.  Associations Now. May 12, 2015.
Internet web links disappear and make web access and archiving difficult.  There are tools that can help, such as, but what are owners of content doing to keep it in place? Research and academic institutions should be mindful of the technical needs of their underlying content, both old and new, as well as the effects that a redesign can have on a URL structure.  Content preservation requires resources, time commitment, and prioritization. However, "the sooner you create a structure for your information that is flexible and lasting, the easier these changes will be to make down the road." Some tips:
  • Create a well-organized permalink structure that cites the basic subject matter and is self-explanatory
  • Ensure that old links go to the right place.
  • Make old content web-friendly by converting it to a format that is easier to manage on the internet, such as converting documents to html or pdf formats.

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