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Link Rot, Legal Citation and Projects to Preserve Precedent

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The Web is fluid and mutable, and this is a "feature" rather than a "bug." But it also creates challenges in the legal environment (and elsewhere) when fixed content is necessary for legal writers to support their conclusions. Judges, attorneys, academics, and others using citations need systems and practices to preserve web content as it exists in a particular moment in time, and make it reliably available.

On October 24, 2014 Georgetown  University Law Library in Washington, D.C. hosted a free symposium that explored the problem of link and reference rot. In the coming weeks, we'll post materials from the symposium, which you can find on this site.

Symposium Speakers and Sessions

9:30-9:45 – Welcome

   Michelle Wu, Director, Georgetown Law Library

9:45-10:45 – Keynote – "Preserving our Digital Trail: A Call to Arms"
   Jonathan Zittrain, George Bemis Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

10:45-11:45 – Whose Problem is This?
   David Walls, U.S. Government Printing Office
   Karen Eltis, Professor of Law, University of Ottawa
   Ed Walters, CEO, Fastcase

12:00-1:00 – Scoping the Problem – Analytical and Predictive

   Raizel Liebler, Head of Faculty Scholarship Initiatives, The John Marshall Law School
  
Rod Wittenberg, Director of Sales, North America for Reed Technology and Information Services Inc.

1:30-2:00 – Webmaster's Perspective

   Roger Skalbeck, Associate Law Librarian for Electronic Resources and Services, Georgetown Law Library

2:00-3:00 – Strategies I
   Jefferson Bailey, Partner Specialist, Internet Archive
   Herbert Van de Sompel
, Digital Library Research & Prototyping Los Alamos National Laboratory

3:15-4:15 – Strategies II

   Carolyn Cox, Digital Collections Librarian, Georgetown Law Library
  
Kim Dulin, Associate Director for Collection Development and Digitization, Harvard Law School
  
E. Dana Neacşu, Reference Librarian and Lecturer-in-Law at the Arthur W. Diamond Law Library, Columbia Law School

4:15-4:30 – Wrap-up and Q&A

Questions? Contact Leah Prescott, Associate Law Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections, lp627@law.georgetown.edu

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