Sarah Rhodes of Georgetown University Law Library and the Chesapeake Project Legal Information Archive, has published Breaking Down Link Rot: The Chesapeake Project Legal Information Archive’s Examination of URL Stability, Law Library Journal, v. 102, no. 4 (2010) [article 33]. Here is the abstract:
[This paper] explores URL stability, measured by the prevalence of link rot over a three-year period, among the original URLs for law- and policy-related materials published to the web and archived though the Chesapeake Project, a collaborative digital preservation initiative under way in the law library community. The results demonstrate a significant increase in link rot over time in materials originally published to seemingly stable organization, government, and state web sites.
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