Category: Perma on the Web

What’s Perma.cc?

It’s simple: link-rot affects anyone whose work links to the web. Perma.cc keeps your work safe from it. Get your own account today at Perma.cc!

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Perma.cc at CALICon2018!

I was fortunate to present on Perma.cc at this year’s CALICon conference – “Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction” conference – at American University.

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The session was well-attended and with an hour to present I was able to touch on a few different areas:

  • The what-and-why of Perma.cc, how it works and how its archives are stored
  • Current stats and growth: ~750,000 Perma records created, ~22,000 user accounts and ~225 institutions, and a number of references to Perma.cc in cases and law review articles in Westlaw
  • The in-roads we’re making to academic libraries and commercial users, and the challenges we’re finding in getting them onboard
  • What’s coming for Perma.cc: batch-link creation (which got an excited response!), Webrecorder code integration, and in an effort to make adoption at academic libraries easier, a new institutional account type that doesn’t require the user to be added to an organization: non-org institutional accounts.

Fantastic feedback and questions from the librarians, technologists and faculty members who attended the talk. Thanks to all!

Using Perma.cc in Court Filings: Two Quick Examples

In recent months we’ve been asking this question more and more: does link rot matter to lawyers?

One context where it matters – or should matter – is in court, when lawyers routinely cite web pages in their briefs, complaints or other filings.

Here’s one example: a Complaint filed by lawyers for the Freedom of the Press Foundation against DOJ, CIA, NSA and other federal agencies for access to records concerning government surveillance of members of the news media. This Complaint cites several web pages that could disappear, change or break while the case is pending or at any time in the future. Fortunately the lawyers included Perma.cc links for each of the cited web sources, such as this one, a DOJ press release: https://perma.cc/NQQ8-82F2.

Here’s another example: a brief filed two weeks ago with the U.S. Supreme Court in Weyerhauser Co. v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. This document also cites to several ephemeral online sources. These lawyers also included Perma.cc links pointing to preserved versions of the cited source. No matter what happens to the original source, the Perma.cc links will point future readers – such as Supreme Court justices and their clerks – to a stable record.

Lawyers no doubt want their citations to be accurate, reliable and helpful.  When citing web pages, that means using web archiving tools to prevent link rot.

Perma.cc  currently is free for lawyers to use to preserve up to 10 links per month. We offer paid subscriptions for higher volume use. You can sign up at https://perma.cc or reach out to us at  info at perma.cc to learn more.

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.

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