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Link Rot, Legal Citation and Projects to Preserve Precedent

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Jonathan Zittrain

Jonathan Zittrain
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Jonathan Zittrain

Jonathan Zittrain is the George Bemis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at the Harvard Law School Library, and faculty director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.  His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, human computing, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education.

Introductory Remarks and Symposium Kick-Off


Michelle Wu
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Michelle Wu, Director and Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Library

Before joining the law center faculty in 2010, Professor Wu served as associate dean for information services, director of the law library, and professor of law at Hofstra University School of Law. During her tenure there, she also served as interim senior vice dean for academic affairs. Prior to that, she worked at The George Washington University Law School and the University of Houston Law Center. While at Houston, she oversaw the disaster recovery process following Tropical Storm Allison, including projects to renovate the library, rebuild the collection, and restructure services. Her research interests include copyright, intellectual property licensing, and information management. She co-edited Beyond the Books: People, Politics, and Librarianship with Leslie Lee (Hein, 2007), and has published numerous chapters and articles.

Panelists: Whose Problem is This?

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David Walls, Preservation Librarian, U.S. Government Printing Office

As preservation librarian, David Walls is responsible for developing strategies for the preservation and life-cycle management of both tangible and digital government information. While at GPO, he served as co-lead of the FDLP Forecast Study, a study to determine the future needs and direction of the Federal Depository Library Program. David has also developed initiatives to expand LSCM's ability to harvest and archive Federal web-based information and initiated a collaborative effort between GPO, the Library of Congress, and NARA to coordinate their web harvesting programs. In response to the preservation findings of the Forecast Study, David is working on a comprehensive preservation plan for the tangible and digital collections of Federal Government information.

Prior to coming to GPO in 2010, David was the Preservation Librarian for the Sterling Library at Yale University for twelve years. He holds a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science with an Endorsement of Specialization in Preservation and Conservation Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Q&A with David Walls


 Karen Eltis

Karen Eltis
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Karen Eltis, Professor of Law, University of Ottawa

Karen Eltis is a Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa, where she is active in the areas of privacy law, Internet law, international arbitration and constitutional law. In 2012, Eltis published the book Courts, Litigants and the Digital Age, which explores questions of how courts should use Internet resources and social media and related concerns brought on by technology. One reviewer states that this is "a book no judge should be without."

 Ed Walters

Ed Walters
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Ed Walters, CEO, Fastcase

Ed Walters is the CEO, member of the board of directors, and co-founder of Fastcase, an online legal research software company based in Washington, D.C. Before founding Fastcase, Ed Walters worked at Covington & Burling. His practice focused on corporate advisory work for software companies and sports leagues, and intellectual property litigation.

Ed Walters earned an A.B. in government from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. He served as the Editor-in-Chief and Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Hoya, Georgetown University's college newspaper, and during law school, he served as an editor of The University of Chicago Law Review. From 1996-97, he served as a judicial clerk with the Hon. Emilio M. Garza on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

He serves on the boards of Pro Bono Net,, Friends of Telecom Without Borders, and Salsa Labs. He has served on the Visiting Committee for the University of Chicago Law School, and the Visiting Committee for the University of Chicago Main Campus Library System.

Panelists: Scoping the Problem – Analytical and Predictive

Raizel Liebler

Raizel Liebler, Head of Faculty Scholarship Initiatives, The John Marshall Law School

Raizel Liebler is the Head of Faculty Scholarship Initiatives and Adjunct Professor at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago and an Affiliate Scholar with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.  Raizel's scholarship focuses on the interaction between new, disruptive technologies and the law, concentrating on intellectual property, copyright, rights of publicity, and knowledge commons. She co-wrote the article Something Rotten in the State of Legal Citation: The Life Span of a United States Supreme Court Citation Containing an Internet Link (1996-2010), 15 Yale J.L. & Tech. 273 (2013).  Her research about link rot in Supreme Court cases was discussed in the New York Times – and is prominently cited on the Ninth Circuit's website.  She is also the founding co-editor of The Learned Fangirl, a website about pop culture, technology and critical theory.

Rod Wittenberg

Rod Wittenberg
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Rod Wittenberg, Director of Sales, North America for Reed Technology and Information Services Inc.

Mr. Wittenberg has worked in the Reed Elsevier organization for 20+ years, and has served in several organizational capacities with positions in sales, marketing, product development, and strategy. In his current role, Rod has been a major contributor in developing market strategy, sales strategy, alliance models, product development and managing other key business activities. He is experienced in defining sales strategy and executing action plans to achieve strong and sustainable revenue and profit growth in entrepreneurial and mature business organizations.

Mr. Wittenberg holds a Juris Doctorate, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Sociology. He has practiced law in the state of Massachusetts and is a Trustee Emeritus of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation.

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Roger Skalbeck profile

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

Roger V. Skalbeck is an Adjunct Professor of Law as well as the Associate Law Librarian for Electronic Resources & Services at the Georgetown Law Center. Roger has worked for more than two decades in the legal profession, focusing on technology management and implementation. He has built, managed and helped redesign many websites. He writes about intellectual property, web design, and technology tools, and has published an annual ranking of all U.S. law school home pages.

Panelists: Link Rot Strategies I 

Jefferson Bailey

Jefferson Bailey
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Jefferson Bailey, Program Manager and Partner Specialist, Internet Archive

Jefferson is Program Manager & Partner Specialist at Internet Archive where he works on Archive-It, archiving services, and other programs. Prior to joining Internet Archive, he was Strategic Initiatives Manager at Metropolitan New York Library Council, a consortium of libraries, archives, and museums in New York City, where he developed and managed collaborative programs to support digital initiatives in local cultural heritage institutions. He was also Principal Investigator on the IMLS-funded National Digital Stewardship Residency in New York program. He formerly worked as aFellow in Digital Preservation in NDIIPP at Library of Congress and on digital collections at Brooklyn Public Library and Frick Art Reference Library and in the archives of National Archives and Records Administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Atlantic Records. He has taught Digital Preservation in the University of Pittsburgh MLIS program, is co-chair of the Innovation Working Group of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, and is on the Steering Committee of the International Internet Preservation Consortium.

Herbert Van De Sompel

Herbert Van De Sompel
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Herbert Van de Sompel, Digital Library Research & Prototyping Los Alamos National Laboratory

Herbert Van de Sompel graduated in Mathematics and Computer Science at Ghent University (Belgium), and in 2000 obtained a Ph.D. in Communication Science there. For many years, he headed Library Automation at Ghent University. After leaving Ghent in 2000, he was Visiting Professor in Computer Science at Cornell University, and Director of e-Strategy and Programmes at the British Library. Currently, he is the team leader of the Prototyping Team at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Team does research regarding various aspects of scholarly communication in the digital age, including information infrastructure, interoperability, digital preservation and indicators for the assessment of the quality of units of scholarly communication. Herbert has played a major role in creating the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), the Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse & Exchange specifications (OAI-ORE), the OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services, the SFX linking server, the bX scholarly recommender service, and info URI. Currently, he works with his team on the Open Annotation, Memento (time travel for the Web), ResourceSync, and Hiberlink projects.

Panelists: Link Rot Strategies II

Carolyn Cox

Carolyn Cox

Carolyn Cox, Digital Collections Librarian, Georgetown Law Library

Carolyn Cox is the Digital Collections Librarian at Georgetown Law Library. She oversees the Chesapeake Digital Preservation Group, manages digital preservation projects and institutional repositories. She serves on the TS-SIS Preservation Standing Committee for 2014-2015, a subcommittee of the American Association of Law Libraries.

During her library career she has worked as a systems administrator for library management systems at both Santa Ana College and USIP (United States Institute for Peace). Since coming to Georgetown in 2011, she held the position of digital collections assistant before moving into her role as Digital Collections Librarian this year. Prior to her library career, she spent many years working as a systems programmer.

Carolyn received her Masters in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University in 2013, with an emphasis on digital preservation and management. She also holds a B.A.S. in System Analysis/Applications Development.

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Kim Dulin

Kim Dulin, Associate Director for Collection Development and Digitization, Harvard Law School

Kim Dulin is the Co-Director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab.   The Harvard Library Innovation Lab develops innovative tools for the web designed to share the knowledge, expertise, and benefits that libraries have traditionally provided and imagines what libraries can and should be in the future.

Kim has been Co-Director of the  Lab (along with David Weinberger) for the past two years while also serving as Associate Director for Collection Development and Digital Initiatives at the Harvard Law Library.  In addition to her experience as an academic law librarian, Kim has served as practicing attorney and an adjunct professor of law.

Kim has a JD from the University of Iowa College of Law, an MS from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and a BA from the University of Iowa.

Dana Neacşu

Dana Neacşu

E. Dana Neacşu, Reference Librarian and Lecturer-in-Law, Arthur W. Diamond Law Library, Columbia Law School

Dana Neacsu is Reference Librarian and Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia Law School, Arthur W. Diamond Law Library, in New York City. She holds a PhD in Philosophy from Rutgers University, a library degree from CUNY, and various law degrees, including an LL.M from Harvard Law School. After she immigrated to the United States, Dana practiced law as a junior associate in a private law firm and then for the New York City Law Department, and since 2000, librarianship at Columbia Law School. Since 2003 she also co-teaches in the Barnard College-Environmental Studies Department as an adjunct faculty member. Dana wrote the introductory US legal research book for LL.M students (Transnational, 2005), in 2011, updated on Academic Commons, where her legal research wiki also resides. In her spare time Dana writes political satire for

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