The following is a guest post by Nicholas Taylor, Data Specialist for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program.
A previous post on this blog explored why it’s so hard to come up with a reliable measurement of the average lifespan of a webpage. In essence, the argument came down to this: links and the websites they represent tend to become decoupled over time. Without a broad understanding of how that process takes place, it’s hard to make definitive claims about the persistence of websites when available automated tools can only capably check for the persistence of links.
Source: The Signal