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.

Weblocks preserves websites referenced in the scholarly literature to prevent link rot.

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

Archive a Website

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».

Research Report

Weblock Features

Easy to Use

Weblock is easy to use: sign-up for an account and start archiving websites that matter to you. Archiving a large number of websites with Weblock can be automated: upload XML-tagged references or the entire full-text, optionally choose which web references to preserve, and Weblock will take care of the rest. Alternatively, Weblock offers an API for fully automated archival requests.

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.


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.

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