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Intelligent Computer Mathematics

Volume 8543 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 12-25

Towards Robust Hyperlinks for Web-Based Scholarly Communication

  • Herbert Van de SompelAffiliated withLos Alamos National Laboratory
  • , Martin KleinAffiliated withLos Alamos National Laboratory
  • , Harihar ShankarAffiliated withLos Alamos National Laboratory

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Abstract

As the scholarly communication system evolves to become natively web-based, hyperlinks are increasingly used to refer to web resources that are created or used in the course of the research process. These hyperlinks are subject to reference rot: a link may break or the linked content may drift and eventually no longer be representative of the content intended by the link. The Hiberlink project quantifies the problem and investigates approaches aimed at alleviating it. The presentation will provide an insight in the project’s findings that result from mining a massive body of scholarly literature spanning the period from 1997 to 2012. It will also provide an overview of components of a possible solution: pro-active web archiving, links with added attributes, and the Memento “Time Travel for the Web” protocol.

Keywords

scholarly communication web archiving reference rot digital preservation