As of November 2016, Perma.cc was a fully approved product supported by the Harvard University Libraries, including the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the various Harvard graduate schools. We’re looking forward to welcoming students back as they return to campus in the next couple of weeks, and helping them preserve their work this semester!
To find out more about how Perma can help your faculty and students, visit Perma.cc!
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You can feel it in the air – the Fall Semester is right around the corner! Amidst the falling leaves, the backpacks filling with books, and the stress beginning to mount, you may be scheduling trainings for new student journal editors. No matter what your journal’s organizational structure and how many cite checkers you have on staff, the Perma Team is here to help you bring on new users and to remind your existing staff members what Perma can do for you!
Here are our top 5 tips for journals using Perma:
#1 – Any user affiliated with your journal’s organization on Perma can add new users. You can use whatever hierarchy you prefer for managing your staff members.
#2 – Users can be affiliated with more than one organization – if you have staff members who are cite checking for more than one journal, they can choose from the ‘affiliated with’ drop down menu when they are creating their Perma Links.
#3 – The ‘affiliate link with’ drop down menu gives users the option to create Perma Links associated with their journal(s), or themselves. Each user can create 10 personal links per month.
#4 – Demonstrating Perma at a journal training is easy – we recommend using http://arboretum.harvard.edu/ – a neutral subject page that we’ve found renders beautifully for demoing.
#5 – Feel free to organize your folders however you see fit! Some journals organize by issue and author name, others create folders for each journal staff member. Do whatever works for your editing process!
We also have training documentation available at https://perma.cc/docs/libraries#user-resources
If you have any questions, reach out to your institution’s Registrar User using our contact form: https://perma.cc/contact
Webrecorder creator, LIL fellow and Rhizome collaborator Ilya Kremer has recently created a machine-readable list of public archiving services on GitHub: https://github.com/webrecorder/public-web-archives.
The purpose of this is to “highlight, and help promote the sizable (and growing list!) of publicly accessible web archives all over the world, in a distributed and democratic way,’ as well as “to encourage interoperability and interconnectedness between different web archives.” In other words, both let people know about the range of archives and archiving services out there, and to encourage partnership between the archiving services (such as is found in the Memento framework).
Thanks Ilya! Be sure to check out his Perma-included list on GitHub!
The May/June 2017 issue of D-Lib Magazine features an article by Library Innovation Lab Director Kim Dulin on the Lab’s IMLS National Digital Platform grant to further develop the Perma.cc service and what we have accomplished in the first year! The grant will allow Perma.cc to grow our user base outside the legal community and expand the impact Perma.cc can have on ending link rot. With this grant, Perma.cc is expanding our outreach to academic institutions and communities beyond the legal sphere, as well as building a framework for private and commercial usage to maintain a free service for public and academic users.
Read the full article here!
Help us fight link rot and sign up your library today!
Perma is proud to call the Law Library of Congress one of our active, leading users. Charlotte Stitcher, the law library’s managing editor, has implemented Perma.cc since 2015 to fight link and reference rot in Library of Congress publications. A 2014 internal Law Library of Congress review of law reports published by the Global Legal Research Center (GLRC) found that “a significant number” of footnoted links no longer worked, which fits similar conclusions found by the Harvard Law Review’s own study of link rot in three Harvard journals and U.S. Supreme Court cases. In their search to find a solution to the link rot problem, the Law Library found Perma.cc, which they officially implemented in October 2015.
Using Perma, the GLRC is able to add archived copies of web pages to the footnotes of all new reports. A recent example is the GLRC’s November 2016 report on “Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, and War Crimes Jurisdiction,” which contains an archived Perma.cc link alongside each cited hyperlink.
Get your institution on to Perma.cc and help your patrons and scholars fight link-rot, by signing your library up today!
Law Library of Congress Implements Solution for Link and Reference Rot
A recent blog post on “Research Tips” by the Moritz Legal Information Blog, run by the Moritz Law Library at The Ohio State University, highlights Perma.cc as a method to find or create a permanent url, because “adding them to citations is becoming an increasingly common practice for authors who cite online content.”
Academics and journals at Ohio State have used Perma extensively to back-up their web citations. Get started yourself by signing up for a free account here!
A recent column from “Slaw,” an Canadian online legal magazine, looked at the prevalence of link rot in material cited by the Supreme Court of Canada [SCC] in the wake of Harvard Law School’s 2014 study, which found that 50% of URLs cited in US Supreme Court Opinions no longer link to their original material.
Nate Russell, the column’s author, found that of the 29 URLs cited in cases from 2016, only 72% remain healthy, with seven redirecting and one already broken. For citations from 2011, Russell says the SCC’s links “are right near the morbidity sweet spot” with only three out of 17 reporting as healthy (ten redirect and four fail).
Russell, who works for Courthouse Libraries BC (a legal information non-profit in British Columbia), highlights Perma.cc as “a slick, simple to use, peace-of-mind-giving tool that is already saving us from link rot in one of our legal publishing projects.”
To get started using Perma.cc yourself, sign up here!
The Sweet Morbidity of Link Rot
As part of Perma’s recent grant from IMLS, we are working to expand Perma.cc beyond our current base of primarily law libraries into more academic and research libraries. Accordingly, we have formed an advisory board to assist Perma’s expansion in this direction. The board will serve as a structured way to receive guidance and perspective from leaders and librarians in and outside of the law world.
The advisors themselves are each experts in their fields of preservation, libraries, and digital strategy:
Nance McGovern – Director of Digital Preservation at MIT
Mary Minow – Advanced Leadership Initiative Senior Fellow at Harvard University
David Hollander – Law and Legal Studies Librarian at Princeton University
Suzanne Wones – Director of Library Digital Strategies and Innovation at the Harvard Library
We are excited to have the participation of these individuals and look forward to working closely with them over the coming months!
Questions? Reach out to us at info @ perma.cc. and visit the Perma.cc to create your own free account!
The Perma team discovered over the past several months that many questions coming from our users were straightforward: pertaining to link creation limits, private links, and other basics. We realized if these sort of non-bug-related Q’s were fielded by the question-asker’s registrar users, it would improve connections between registrar users and those using Perma in their communities, as well as give the registrar users more visibility into how their communities are using it.
We are accordingly changing the way questions from Perma users are directed: when an org user submits a question via the Perma contact page, the question is emailed directly to their registrar users. The registrar user will then be able to field this, connecting them with the user who has submitted it.
The Perma team will still be cc’d on these emails and are available to be reached out to if the issue is a bug or technical issue. We’re excited for the increased collaboration between registrar users and their community that is to come from this change!
Questions? Shoot us an email at info @ perma.cc !
Some exciting recent appearances of Perma in the wild:
A recent issue of Society of American Archivist’s Archival Outlook featured an article outlining the SAA’s decision to adopt Perma.cc for their book publishing program:
Beginning this year, SAA books will include permalinks for all cited web resources, not just those that have been assigned a DOI or some other permalink.
This is possible because SAA’s book publishing program recently joined forces with perma.cc. SAA’s participation in the service is sponsored by the Digital Public Library of America and we hope it sets a model for other association publishers outside of law journals, for which perma.cc was originally developed.
When logged in at the perma.cc site, [book author Anthony] Cocciolo sees folders showing sites that have been archived both for his project and for other SAA book projects. This helps him keep track of his own citations and to see what other SAA authors are citing, while also helping editors improve the quality of SAA publications.
…[Graduate assistant Allison] Chomet noted that she was “impressed with how easy it is to use.”
SAA also “recommends that authors use the bookmarklet that perma.cc provides on their website, as a low-barrier way to capture citations. That way, permalinking won’t slow down the writing or editing process, and readers will see exactly what the author saw at the time of writing.”
In other news, President Obama penned a Harvard Law Review article on the President’s role in advancing criminal justice reform. This is the first time a sitting president has written a law review article.
The article includes 226 web citations, each of which include a Perma Link- ensuring readers of the article will have access to archives of the cited webpages, even if the source page changes or is taken down.
We’re excited Perma.cc is proving such an effective tool for the SAA, the HLR and President Obama to use for preservation and citation! Check out the SAA article in full here, and Pres. Obama’s article here.
Interested in trying out Perma yourself? Create your own account!