Apr
24
2008

A good link about link reliability

The problems with footnotes in print publications are well known. If a reader wants to know more, tracking down those original book and magazine sources can take an excruciating amount of time—and that's assuming they're housed at a nearby library.

Web references solve many of those frustrations but introduce others. A new article from Technology and Culture addresses the challenges of online citations. The focus is history publications, but the information is applicable to blogs and other online publications.

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Kirsten says:

Love the article. Thanks for bringing it to our attention James. The statistics about the "decay of internet URLs" (accessibility of websites in the months and years after they are cited) are sobering. I had presumed that web archiving would have captured much more. I thought the article missed a great chance to talk about the development of standards for preserving paper publications (it instead talked about the development of citation methods like footnotes). Has anyone heard about efforts to standardize web archives?

posted on Mon, 05/05/2008 - 10:23pm
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posted on Fri, 07/12/2013 - 9:20pm
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polly says:

I also thought the authors made some interesting points about the impermanence of website information, due to ongoing revisions, in addition to the issue of disappearing sites. It changes the whole nature of citations to think that content being cited may be subject to alteration, even if dates for when information is viewed become a standard part of the citation.

posted on Tue, 05/06/2008 - 8:14am

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