The Life of a Link

Almost all information that we use in our daily lives have links that will take us to whatever  we need to research. It almost seems that these links virtually last forever. The truth is that they will eventually cease to exist. For example, decades ago, we used floppy disks, punch tapes, computer cards, and more to store the information we need. The sources we use were reliable and legit during that time. As the digital age entered our lives, the links we used to know and love are not active anymore as they are no longer needed for service. As the old links disappear, new links related to digital technology are being born into the Web. Some of us call it “link-rotting” as the URL becomes inactive and no longer displayed in searches. Now, to get the information of today, we use links that are recent and more relevant.

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One Response to The Life of a Link

  1. Jessica says:

    I agree that today we do use links that are more recent and may be more relevant. Keeping this in mind it is still important to keep at achieve of the original sources that were used to obtain or create this new information. Link rot is a hassle for both current and future researchers. Important information could easily be lost or overlooked simply because the link is no longer attached to an active source. In order to ensure that researchers have as much information available to them as possible these URL’s should be backed up in another form or database that would be accessible for future reference.

    Jessica Bilikiewicz

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