[RndTbl] The Atlantic: The Internet Is Rotting

Michael Doob Michael.Doob at umanitoba.ca
Mon Jul 5 13:50:26 CDT 2021

Mathematicians have been worrying about dead links to their research for some time.
As a result, a consortium called Crossref emerged (https://www.crossref.org/). If your
reference has a doi (digital object identifier) a generic link can be used. For example


will link you to a book, even though it was written in 1994, long before Crossref
was started.

Michael Doob                    Telephone: (204) 474-9796
Department of Mathematics       email: Michael.Doob at UManitoba.ca
University of Manitoba
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Interesting, but it's always been this way. I think sometimes it's more
a matter of trying to hold up your own end (things like sitemap.xml on a
site), and setting expectations that it's all pretty ephemeral.

I subscribe to the Pinboard.in bookmarking service, and it includes
archiving of bookmarked pages. An interesting aspect of this is that it
also provides a list of non-OK error responses found, and which pages
returned that. So you can go in, try to fix them with updated versions,
or just understand that that old link is now kaput.

Gilbert E. Detillieux <gedetil at gmail.com> writes:

> I found the following article on "link rot" interesting...
> The Internet Is Rotting
> "Too much has been lost already. The glue that holds humanity’s
> knowledge together is coming undone."
> https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2021/06/the-internet-is-a-collective-hallucination/619320/
> Hope the above link will still work for a while!... ;)
> Gilbert
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