webcite- ubercool!

Lessig’s blog pointed me at WebCite– surely one of those ‘everyone in academia has thought about this at one point, but no one has actually done it’ ideas. (I know I’ve had it in the back of my mind since my last year of college, but never had the motivation to get off my ass and do it.) Basic notion is that they’ll archive any page you point them at, so that in your papers you can link to a permanent archived copy of a site as it was when you cited it, instead of a potentially broken or modifiable URL. Apparently it is already a year old- shocked I haven’t actually seen it used yet. (Interestingly, none of the members of their consortium are law reviews, despite that it is not uncommon for law reviews to cite blogs these days- wonder why that is? Perhaps the Columbia Science and Tech Law Review can become the first. ;)