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Reference rot September 1, 2017

Posted by Mia in Frontiers, Uncategorized.
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It’s disconcerting that the problem of disappearing content in our repositories is not of much greater concern among academic librarians.  Perhaps we’ve just become too inured to linkrot — but what about content drift phenomena?  When those two are combined, you have reference rot.  Its everywhere once you start looking for it.

Intrigued by a study published in PLoS, a colleague and I teamed up to investigate the URLs in doctoral dissertations deposited in our institutional repository.

Massicotte, Mia and Botter, Kathleen (2017) Reference rot in the repository: A case study of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) in an academic library. Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL), 36 (1). pp. 11-28. ISSN 0730-9295

http://spectrum.library.concordia.ca/982310/

In our shared, brave new digital information world, we really do need to gain a better understanding of what digital preservation means, especially if we expect it to achieve traction as a primary focus of library transformation.

 

 

 

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