Canadian Courts Preserving Webpages Cited in Rulings

Take a look at this interesting article on Motherboard. The Canadian Judicial System has gone through their records to secure sources that were referenced through hyperlink in court records. Using the Wayback Machine and Internet Archive, they have recorded the sources judges have cited going back to 1998. American courts are beginning to archive internet sources in a similar way.

As more records are born digital, archivists are challenged to preserve information in a way that is accessible in the future. When Internet records are updated or move to a different page or site, this threatens the permanence of the records. Do you think that the Canada’s solution is the best way to address this issue? How can archivists shift their practices to meet the challenges of modern record keeping?

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