An irritated thought occurred to me yesterday evening as I got yet another 404 on a university server: Shall I just take down all the links to taught course materials in various EMR pages? Or put them somewhere in a separate page of their own?
Often course materials can be superb – bibliographies, texts, commentaries, images, you name it. But I am just getting really fed up with them. Either they disappear altogether the minute a course is done, or (yes, I know you’ve heard this complaint from me before) they wander around the web at the whim of university/departmental website URL reorganisations.
However, I should probably get more into the hang of using the Wayback Machine. (Though unfortunately you have to have a URL; it doesn’t do keyword searching. But of course, I can look up original URLs of anything I ever linked at EMR on my own archives… which are here, by the way.)
A few retrieved sites (original images may be missing):
(You can guess what I’m reading up on this week.)
So now I’m wondering if there’s any reason why I shouldn’t put up links at EMR to the (most recent) archived versions of some defunct websites that I particularly liked when they were around. It’s something I’ve never come across anyone doing, but I don’t see why not.
Often, images will be missing, so they’re not complete versions of the original sites. And it goes without saying that they’re not being updated; this would probably be most suitable for sites focusing on primary texts and original writing. But (provided I’ve checked that it’s really dead and I note that it’s an archived version), it seems a useful thing to do. When I have time.