The Web is fluid and mutable, and this is a "feature" rather than a "bug". But it also creates challenges in the legal environment (and elsewhere) when fixed content is necessary for legal writers to support their conclusions. Judges, attorneys, academics, and others using citations need systems and practices to preserve web content as it exists in a particular moment in time, and make it reliably available.


On October 24, 2014 Georgetown Law Library will host a symposium that explores the problem of link and reference rot.


Seating is limited, but we will also be webcasting the event. On the registration form you will have the opportunity to indicate whether you wish to participate in person or via the webcast.


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9:00-9:30 – Registration and breakfast


9:30-9:45 – Welcome (Michelle Wu, Director of the Georgetown Law Library)


9:45-10:45 – Keynote (Jonathan Zittrain, George Bemis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School)


10:45-11:00 – Break


11:00-12:00 – Whose Problem is This? (Mary Alice Baisch, Superintendent of Documents at the U.S. Government Printing Office ; Karen Eltis, Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa)


12:00-1:00 – Scoping the Problem – Analytical and Predictive (Raizel Liebler, Head of Faculty Scholarship Initiatives at The John Marshall Law School; Rod Wittenberg, Director of Sales, North America for Reed Technology and Information Services Inc.)


1:00-2:00 – Lunch


1:30-2:00 – Webmaster's View – (Roger Skalbeck, Associate Law Librarian for Electronic Resources and Services at the Georgetown Law Library)


2:00-3:00 – Strategies I (Robert Miller, Global Director of Books at the Internet Archive; Herbert Van de Sompel, Digital Library Research & Prototyping Los Alamos National Laboratory)


3:00-3:15 – Break


3:15-4:00 – Strategies II (Carolyn Campbell, Digital Collections Librarian at the Georgetown Law Library; Kim Dulin, Associate Director for Collection Development and Digitization at Harvard Law School; E. Dana NeacΊu, Reference Librarian and Lecturer-in-Law at the Arthur W. Diamond Law Library, Columbia Law School)


4:00-4:30 – Wrap-up and Q&A