Link rot in 2012: keeping track of how web addresses go dead

Link rot in 2012: keeping track of how web addresses go dead 

The vast storage space the web offers, as well as the ease with which files can be moved or copied, has made archiving public documents far easier in some ways, but it also creates new problems. Paramount among these is link rot: the slow process by which addresses change, breaking hyperlinks from other pages and turning online bibliographies into useless strings of dead URLs. For the past five years, the Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group has documented link rot in four online legal archives, mapping the rate at which links to thousands of digital items become obsolete.

Source: The Verge

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