A Cautionary Tale About Link Rot

Just the term, “link rot,” has an ugly connotation of decay. Yet all around us our websites are in danger of succumbing to it. In the simplest terms, link rot happens when the information that the hyperlinks on our pages no longer point to the content they originally did. Either that content has been taken down or moved to another server or updated in some way that breaks your original link. While linking to digital content on the internet is far easier than adding paper resources to our collections those links carry with them a liability paper did not. Since this information is not resting on our shelves it is subject to being moved or deleted without notice. The only way to combat this is with vigilance and with a constant refresh / update of your pages.  Remember hyperlinks are not content but merely pointers. The Atlantic has an really good article on the consequences of link rot and a more thorough explanation for it here: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/09/49-of-the-links-cited-in-supreme-court-decisions-are-broken/279901/

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~ by Vinny Alascia on September 24, 2013.

 
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