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
12:00-1:00 – Scoping the Problem – Analytical and Predictive
1:30-2:00 – Webmaster's Perspective
Roger Skalbeck, Associate Law Librarian for Electronic Resources and Services, Georgetown Law Library
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, firstname.lastname@example.org