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Now You See It, Now You Don't. Unless ...
Information Today - Medford
Subjects: United States; Telecommunications systems & Internet communications
Author: Kennedy, Shirley Duglin
Date: Dec 2015
Start Page: 8
Pages: 1
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According to Jill Lepore, the average life of a webpage is 100 days. As she notes, the embarrassing stuff seems to stick around a lot longer, but it's an indisputable fact that web-based content often goes missing: corporate reports, scholarly articles, government documents, working papers, maps, and creative works of all sorts. The Internet Archive and its Wayback Machine are pretty much universally loved by information professionals. You already know this, but aside from the Wayback Machine's valuable research function, the Internet Archive itself is a major time suck. Entertainment value aside, in late October, the Internet Archive announced on its blog that "with generous support from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation," it was planning to build "the Next Generation Wayback Machine".

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