Harvard Law School Library Innovation Lab
The Library Innovation Lab at Harvard is a group of designers and developers within Harvard Law School’s law library. The LIL maintains several long-term development projects. Some, like the Caselaw Access Project and the Nuremberg Project, involve digitizing print materials and making them available via API. Others, like Perma.cc and H20, are useful tools.
Perma.cc is a particularly useful tool for preventing “link rot,” or the disappearance of links over time. This is especially problematic in judicial opinions. According to Perma.cc, over 50% of the links in Supreme Court opinions no longer point to the intended page. Perma.cc creates an archived version of the page so it never disappears—well, not as long as Harvard maintains the Perma.cc servers, anyway. (There is a plan for this.)
Published on February 16th, 2021. Last updated on June 1st, 2021, by Sam Glover.