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Persistent URLs

When you create a website for a project or dataset and you want to ensure that the pages are accessible after the project ends or when the website is moved to a different location, you can use persistent URLs.

The Centre for Digital Scholarship now supports the management of persistent URLs for research projects. Read on for terms and conditions.

What are persistent URLs?

Persistent URLs (PURLs for short) are long-lived URLs. They are not necessarily permanent, but the people or organisation managing PURLs intend to keep the content at the PURLs available for a long time.

When the project ends and the domain name and webspace is no longer payed for, but you still want to have your website online, perhaps you can store a static version on a more permanent university-offered server. By using the PURL service to link to pages before you move, your links should keep working after the website moves to the different domain.

What is the Persistent URLs service?

The PURL service is available for the Leiden University research community to help with setting up persistent URLs for a website.

This service is based on and is meant for fairly simple redirects.

What conditions does my project need to meet?

The main consideration for the PURL service to work with your website is that the URLs have a simple structure.

We cannot host your website, let alone re-engineer it for this to hold.

Please get in touch with Ben Companjen to discuss your options.

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