Last Updated: 1997 March 13

Scholarly Societies Project


Moved URLs and the Maintenance of the Project

The Editor has just completed the arduous task of reviewing most of the URLs in the Scholarly Societies Project. In the process, over 200 broken links had to be repaired.

In some cases, the old page contained a pointer to the new site. More frequently however, there was simply no indication that a site had ever existed at the URL. In cases like that, it was necessary to use a search engine and attempt to identify the new site from among the search results (usually numbering in the dozens or hundreds).

The Bad News is the appalling number of URL changes that were uncovered, and that had occurred in little more than a year.

The Good News is that a significant number of these URL changes were to a so-called permanent form. This is a form that incorporates a domain name in the URL. For an extended discussion of this form of URL, see my essay URL-Stability Index for the Project.

Because of the magnitude of URL changes, most of the time that I spend on the Project will now have to be devoted to checking and fixing broken links, as opposed to seeking out new sites for inclusion.

For the time being, I will continue to process all new requests for inclusion that satisfy the guidelines of the Project. But a time may come when it becomes necessary to restrict new additions to sites that have permanent URLs, in order to keep future maintenance costs as low as possible.

Jim Parrott
The Editor
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Scholarly Societies Project

facilitating access to information about scholarly societies across the world since 1994
last modified: 2009, December 27

NEWS/EDITORIAL 2009, December 27
Fifteen Years of the Scholarly Societies Project

4157 Scholarly Societies, 3832 Websites
Search Engine
By Subject [83]
By Country
By Language
By Founding Dates
Inventory of the Oldest Scholarly Societies (1323-1849)

Special Kinds of Scholarly Societies
Academies and Royal Societies of Broad Scope [272]
International Unions [88]
Federations of Scholarly Societies [198]

Special Resources at Scholarly Society Websites
Meeting/Conference Announcement Lists
Standards [59]
Full-Text Serials

Scholarly Societies and Scholarly Communication [essays]
Meeting Sponsors and Publishers
Bibliographic Work
Interactions with Commercial Publishers
Crisis in Scholarly Publishing
Creating a Society Web Site
Bailey's Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

For a rough translation of this page, including all hyperlinks, into one of the above languages, copy the URL to the Altavista Babelfish Translator.

About the Scholarly Societies Project

Feedback to the Project
Guidelines for Inclusion of Resources
Scholarly Society Registration Form
Technical Problems Report
Sending Other Suggestions or Comments

Documentation on the Project
Linguistic Considerations
URL-Stability Index for the Project
The Editor
Project Timeline
Other Projects of Broad Scope Covering Scholarly Societies

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