404 Page Not Found! and the Rotting of the Internet

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Date(s) - Jul 19 2022
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


The Internet is rotting! Every day millions of links from websites, PDFs, and search engine results become broken un-resolving 404 messages. This isn’t a new problem. The Internet has always been a sea of websites that come and go as servers age, businesses change priorities and new information arises. Our dependence on access to information that exists primarily online has changed. A constantly shifting sea of broken links represents a potential loss of human knowledge in a world where consistent access to knowledge is critical.

Can this knowledge be preserved? How does the dominance of social media and corporate control of the Internet impact what knowledge is available?

This session will discuss:
• ‘Link Rot’ and ‘Content Drift’ – definitions and their causes.
• Academic work currently assessing the problem.
• Initiatives underway to preserve the Internet.

About the presenter:

Chuck Henry is the Integrated Technologies Coordinator at the Northern New York Library Network. A former NYS certified teacher, Chuck routinely provides professional development and software training to teachers, librarians and administrators in the North Country region. As Technical Project Lead, he manages the newspaper digitization process, provides server maintenance, and web development for the NYS Historic Newspaper Project. Chuck also serves as primary web developer for the newly redesigned NY Heritage.

Free to NNYLN & ESLN Members. This webinar will be held on Zoom Webinar; registration is required.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for one hour of CE credit. This webinar will be recorded.

We are committed to offering inclusive, diverse, and equitable services to all of our members. To request specific accommodations, please contact NNYLN at least five business days ahead of the program you’d like accommodations for.