Representatives from CNI member organizations gather twice annually to explore new technologies, content, and applications; to further collaboration; to analyze technology policy issues; and to catalyze the development and deployment of new projects. Each member organization may send two representatives. Visit https://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2017 for more information.
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Tuesday, April 4 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Perma.cc: Ensuring the Integrity of the Digital Scholarly Record

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Citation to persistent sources is fundamental to all academic work. Libraries have traditionally collected, organized and preserved those cited sources. Citations today, however, increasingly refer to web pages, not just print sources. Because web pages change their content and disappear all the time, citations to them are ineffective at best and, at times, misleading. This problem, known as "link rot" or "reference rot," means that much of our citation-dependent scholarship is being written on sand. Perma.cc is one solution to combat link rot. Unlike other web archiving services, such as ArchiveIt, Perma.cc relies on the creator of the work to do the archiving at the time of citation. Authors take snapshots of web pages they cite and deposit them in the Perma.cc service. Once deposited, Perma.cc assigns the web page a unique Perma URL (e.g. https://perma.cc/F37P-2E4V) that authors can add to the original URL in their citations. Should the original link later rot or be changed, readers can follow the Perma.cc URL to view the original source. Perma.cc was originally developed for use by the legal community but has received a National Digital Platform grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services to broaden its use beyond the legal community. The service is now free to all colleges and universities. Libraries serve as the registrars for the Perma.cc service and provide support for their institutions' users. This presentation will provide an overview of the service, the role the library plays, and instructions for signing up.



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Adam Ziegler

Managing Director, Harvard Library Innovation Lab, Harvard University
Adam Ziegler is an attorney and member of the Library Innovation Lab at Harvard Law School where he leads technology projects like Free the Law, Perma.cc and H2O. Before taking that role, he co-founded a legal tech startup named Mootus and represented clients for over a decade at... Read More →

Tuesday April 4, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
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