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Tuesday, July 27 • 9:00am - 10:00am
T17- Losing Our Scholarly Record and What We Can Do About It

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Most aspects of scholarly communication happen on the web. The dissemination speed of scholarly knowledge has dramatically increased because we are able to publish and access information on the web. While this environment comes with lots of new opportunities, it also poses challenges, specifically to the longevity of the scholarly web-based record. Increasingly, as authors of scientific articles we reference resources on the web such as project websites, scholarly wikis, ontologies, datasets, source code, presentations, blogs, and videos.

While these resources are referenced to provide essential context for the research, they are, just like any other web resource, subject to the dynamic nature of the web and hence likely to disappear or significantly change over time. For scholarly journal articles, we enjoy the benefits of archival systems such as LOCKSS and Portico, but we have no orchestrated preservation infrastructure in place for what we call “web at large” resources. These observations raise significant concerns regarding the and long-term availability and access of web-based scholarly artifacts.

This course aims at outlining the extent of this reference rot problem and how it impacts our ability to revisit web content cited in scholarly articles some time after their publication. The course will also provide participants with an overview of and hands-on experience with approaches and tools available to authors, archivists, librarians, publishers, and others to address this problem.

Tuesday, July. 27
9-10AM: First session
4-5PM: REPEAT First session
Thursday, July. 29
9-10AM: Second session
4-5PM: REPEAT Second session
Tuesday, Aug. 3
9-10AM: Third session
4-5PM: REPEAT Third session

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Martin Klein

Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Tuesday July 27, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am PDT
T17 Classroom