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The New York Times has a great article today by Adam Liptak describing an increasing problem: hyperlinks in Supreme Court opinions that lead to nowhere.  Liptak ‘s article also mentions a brilliant solution — a website at Harvard (called perma.cc) that captures web pages, stores them, and allows people to create links to those captured pages.

The premise is similar to existing services, such as bit.ly, except that the shortened link created by Harvard’s service takes readers to the screen shot captured at the time the link is created rather than to the source website, which might change or disappear in the future.  Here’s a more detailed description from perma.cc’s website:

When a user creates a Perma link, Perma archives a copy of the referenced content, and generates a link to this irrevocable, unalterable hosted instance of the site. Regardless of what may happen to the original source, if the link is in a published citation, the archived version will always be available through the Perma link.

Readers who click on a Perma link are taken to a page that lets them choose to go to the original site (which may have changed since the link was created) or see the archived copy of the site in its original state.

Perma is an online preservation instrument developed by the Harvard Law School Library in conjunction with university law libraries across the country and other organizations in the “forever” business.


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