Signed Preservation Of Online References
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Heuer, A., Losemann, F. & Meinel, C. (2000). Signed Preservation Of Online References. In Proceedings of WebNet World Conference on the WWW and Internet 2000 (pp. 247-251). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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Since online-available documents are more and more outclassing paper based documents, the use of online references is constantly growing. Online references suffer strongly from their often only temporarily character. With the slightest modification - not to mention a complete removal of its online references - the scientific value of the referencing document would decline. Therefore, mechanisms are needed that strive to preserve the value of the documents in digital libraries. In this paper, we will discuss the concept and prototype implementation of a service that can help to minimize this problem. The service produces files which contain signed data referring to the online documents. These files will be used as fall back online references. Offering this data-file analogously to the link that points to the origi-nal online reference gives every user the opportunity to recover the respective online docu-ment even if the original reference was modified or is not available anymore.
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