weblock.io — Robust Linking and Archiving of Websites Cited in Scholarly, Scientific and Legal Documents

Weblock is currently in beta. You can already use the service, but things may still change a bit.

Preventing Link Rot by Preserving Websites Referenced in the Scholarly Literature

Weblock is a digital preservation solution for publishers and libraries to archive snapshots and create permanent links for web pages that are cited in scholarly documents.

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Link Rot Is a Real Problem

The older published content, the more cited websites are gone: 20% of websites disappear within 3 years; 40% of websites are gone after 10 years. This is also known as «Link Rot».

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Help Us Set up a Community !

Weblock is in the starting blocks: we are looking for publishers interested to co-found an association to run the Weblock archive. Members of the association will be able to archive websites with Weblock.

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Weblock Features


Weblock will be organized as a membership-based, non-commercial association, with the purpose of promoting and enabling digital preservation of web pages and other digital objects. Thus, the archive is as sustainable and long-lived as the commitment of its members; the continued development of the archive will be the product of a community consensus.

Easy to Use

Weblock is easy to use: upload XML-tagged references or the entire full-text, choose which web references to preserve, and Weblock will take care of the rest. Alternatively, Weblock offers an API to send archival requests in an automated fashion.

Robust Preservation Solution

Weblock archives website snapshots in three different file formats, including a screen capture, and uses a fully redundant data storage solution with live, backup and archival storage components.

Recovers Content

Weblock recovers content from other web archives, where available, for websites that are already gone from the public Internet.

Common File Formats

Besides archiving snapshots of websites, Weblock also supports PDF, Word, Excel, Powerpoint and common image file formats.

What to Do Next?

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