Perma in the News: D-Lib Magazine

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!

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The Law Library of Congress is Using Perma to Battle Link Rot

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

Perma at the Moritz College of Law

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!

Perma in the news: Slaw Magazine

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

Perma’s New Advisory Board

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!

 

Improving Communication Between Registrars and Users

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 !

Perma in the news: Society of American Archivists, President Obama

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.

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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.

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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!

 

Perma’s v0.80 Release – New look, new badges

Perma’s latest release included a few tweaks to help our users better understand their link creation limits.

Unlimited” badges
All institutional account holders are able to create an unlimited number of Perma Links, when the links are associated with an Organization that they’re in. To make this clearer, we’ve added a badge next to each Org’s name that readsscreen-shot-2016-11-28-at-3-46-30-pm.

“Personal Links” and Link Limit Banner
To further illuminate the fact that non-organization links are for that user alone – and subject to the 10 links/month limit – we’ve changed the name of My Links to “Personal Links.”

When an org user has only 3 links remaining in their Personal Links folder, they get a message that displays across the top of the screen, notifying them they’re nearing their personal link limit:

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This will help encourage org users to utilize their unlimited link option by associating links with their given organization, rather than their Personal Links.


Try out Perma.cc yourself at https://perma.cc !

Perma.cc Closer Look: Debbie Ginsberg

Educational technology librarian Deborah Ginsberg recently led a excellent “Cool Tools” workshop at the 2016 American Association of Law Libraries conference, wherein she demonstrated the utility of Perma.cc to many of the attendees. I caught up with Debbie a few weeks after the AALL conference to find out more about her  (and her institution’s) thoughts on Perma.

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Currently Educational Technology Librarian at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Debbie has been instrumental in promoting Perma.cc as a way to help those at Chicago-Kent Law fight link and reference-rot.
Originally hearing about Perma through email lists, Chicago-Kent use has primarily centered around faculty using it for their own articles and publications, as well as for in-class materials and links. Faculty members had also noted the New York Times article on Perma.cc, raising their interest in utilizing Perma. Debbie feels one of Perma’s best selling points is its sheer ease of use, and considers law journals as the best area to next expand Perma.cc usage at Chicago-Kent.

Follow Debbie on Twitter, and if you get the chance to catch one of her Cool Tools presentations at a conference do so!

Perma’s newest registrar, the National Constitution Center

We’re happy to announce the National Constitution Center has recently been brought on board as a Perma registrar. A private, nonprofit organization, the Constitution Center in Philadelphia, PA serves as one of America’s leading platforms for constitutional education and debate, fulfilling its Congressional charter “to disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.”

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The National Constitution Center will be using Perma to develop their online Interactive Constitution, which presents the full text of the U.S. Constitution along with essays by leading scholars from across a range of perspectives, and to prevent link rot in their explainers and white papers.


The NCC reached out to us to see if they could become a Perma registrar. Interested in seeing if your nonprofit or legal organization may qualify? Contact us!

Logo used with permission from Lana Ulrich @ National Constitution Center.

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