ODAI announces the Yale Persistent Linking Service

On Tuesday, November 17, 2009, the new Yale Persistent Linking Service went live, offering a campus wide solution to generating and managing persistent links to digital assets.

A key part of a solid digital infrastructure is the ability to maintain persistent links to digital assets. There is nothing worse than relying on an important bookmark only to find the dreaded "Error 404: File Not Found" message. ODAI and ITS Academic Media & Technology have implemented a solution using the Handle System. The new system builds upon and replaces previous work in the Library, and uses a new architecture called Web Services that will allow any system on campus to automatically generate and manage persistent links.

Larry Gall of the Peabody Museum will be the first to use the new automated system. "Having a Yale-wide handle service is a great help for managing delivery of digital assets. We will be issuing handles immediately for the 120,000 images of specimens and artifacts currently in the Peabody's collections management system that are also available online. Going forward, all our newly created imagery will also get handles automatically."

The Yale Persistent Linking Service was a team effort led by John Coffey of ODAI, with development by Osman Din of ITS Academic Media & Technology, System Administration by Michael Dunlap of ITS Production Services, and Application Administration by Xinjian (Neil) Guo of ODAI. Please contact ydc2.help@yale.edu for access to the service.