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. will host a free symposium that explores the problem of link and reference rot.
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9:00-9:30 – Registration and breakfast
9:30-9:45 – Welcome
Michelle Wu, Director, Georgetown Law Library
9:45-10:45 – Keynote – "Cites and Sites: A Call to Arms"
Jonathan Zittrain, George Bemis Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
11:45-12:00 – Break
12:00-1:00 – Scoping the Problem – Analytical and Predictive
1:00-2:00 – Lunch
1:30-2:00 – Webmaster's View
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
3:00-3:15 – Break
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, email@example.com