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Link Rot (404 File Not Found) Symposium: When a Problem Rises to “Symposium” Level, Brace Yourself


On October 24, 2014, Georgetown University Law Library in Washington, D.C. will host a symposium that explores the problem of link and reference rot:

“404/File Not Found: Link Rot, Legal Citation and Projects to Preserve Precedent”

Preliminary Agenda:

  • Keynote speech to contextualize the issues and discuss conflict between the naturally fluid state of the internet and the expectations by legal professionals that once something is published (in whatever form) that it should be static.
  • Presentations and panel on “Whose problem is this?” with members from academia, government, the judiciary, law reviews
  • The webmaster’s view – what pressures are there to continually change websites to reflect current look/feel trends, new usability technologies, etc. that contribute to link rot?
  • Presentations and panel on current initiatives with members from organizations like The Chesapeake Project,,, etc. What tools exist, and what are the remaining needs?

Presenters include:

  • Jonathan Zittrain, Harvard University
  • Robert Miller, Internet Archive
  • Prof. Karen Eltis, University of Toronto Law School
  • Rod Wittenberg, Reed Technology and Information Services
  • Kim Dulin, Harvard University
  • Carolyn Campbell, Georgetown University Law Library

Link to the Link Rot Symposium website.

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