Vanishing Act: The Erosion of Online Footnotes and Implications for Scholarship in the Digital Age by Michael Bugeja and Daniela Dimitrova


AULA Library

This small book concerns itself with the ephemeral nature of online footnotes. An unreliable keeping of citation records creates an unstable environment for sources essential to the “peer review and scientific processes.” What happens when the record disappears? When no proof can be found in the pudding? The Internet Age emphasizes access to data instead of preservation of that data; the ways in which that leaves scholarly integrity defenseless is obvious. The authors argue for the Archive, making the digital library as much “a repository of fact as a dissemination point of information.”
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“Make sure you name a digital executor to handle all your digital belongings.” After Death, Protecting Your Digital Afterlife, NPR
“Breaking Down Link Rot: The Chesapeake Project Legal Information Archive’s Examination of URL Stability,” Sarah Rhodes, LLRX.com

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