Wikipedia cooperates with Internet Archive to maintain sources

Oct

28

2016

Members of the Internet Archive work with the Wikimedia Foundation to refer dead links on Wikipedia to copies at the Wayback Machine. With automated software are already more than a million left on the English Wikipedia redirected.

The software scans every link on Wikipedia or leading even to an existing page. If the software encounters a 404 code, which changes the link to a copy at the Wayback Machine Internet Archive. At left is mentioned on Wikipedia that it is a page from the Internet Archive.

Wikipedia fpa The developers show as an example the English page about the Easter show . Source 85 refers to a page that no longer exists on the original server. The link is therefore adapted to refer to a copy of the page at the Wayback Machine.

The technique is now only applied to the English Wikipedia. The team announced that it plans to get it working with all other languages. Further examine the team whether it is possible to make the source links ‘self-healing’.

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