The web is continuously changing: websites may disappear, they may be replaced by redirects to other sites or they change content. Links pointing to changed or disappeared websites break, or become incorrect because the content they were supposed to point to got lost. This phenomenon is called linkrot.
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- Linkrot and Legal Research An overview on results of recent research by Ted Tjaden.
- A Longitudinal Study of Web Pages Continued: A Consideration of Document Persistence Wallace Koehler, Valdosta State University, presents the results of his research, and an overview on existing literature. Published in Information Research, Vol. 9 No. 2, January 2004.
- Cool URIs Don't Change An appeal for stability, and advice how to achieve it, by Tim Berners-Lee.
- Link Rot Overview article from Wikipedia.
- The Availability and Persistence of Web References in D-Lib Magazine A study by Frank McCown et al., presented at the 5th International Web Archiving Workshop.
- Altertbox: Fighting Linkrot Jakob Nielsen defines the phaenomenon linkrot, and encourages site owners to fight it by reducing outbound linkrot and securing stability of incoming links.