[Irtalk] The trouble with reference rot : Nature News & Comment
hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Mon May 4 19:47:03 SAST 2015
*The scholarly literature is meant to be a permanent record of science. So
it is an embarrassing state of affairs that many of the web references in
research papers are broken*: click on them, and there's a fair chance they
will point nowhere or to a site that may have altered since the paper
referred to it.
Herbert Van de Sompel, an information scientist at the Los Alamos National
Laboratory Research Library in New Mexico, quantified the alarming extent
of this 'link rot' and 'content drift' (together, 'reference rot') in a
paper published last December
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