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Hiberlink: Towards Time Travel for the Scholarly Web

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDPRMA '13 Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Digital Preservation of Research Methods and Artefacts
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherACM
Pages21-21
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-2185-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Abstract

The preservation of traditional, digital scholarly output, such as PDF or HTML journal articles, is relatively well understood, and adequately organized through systems such as Portico and LoCKSS. However, the scholarly record is expanding with a wide variety of materials for which no established archival approaches exist. This includes, for example, workflows and software, project descriptions, demonstrations, datasets, and videos published on the web. Some of these resources are referenced in traditional papers and the lack of archival infrastructure yields a scholarly record with many loose ends. The Hiberlink project aims to quantify the extent to which such referenced resources are preserved in web archives, and propose solutions to ensure the longevity of the context of the research, along side the formal publication. The Hiberlink project regards the problem of preserving web resources referenced in scholarly papers as a special case of the more general problem of preserving scholarly compound objects, aka Research Objects, which consist of resources with a variety of relationships and dependencies.

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