Nathan, I think "handle" is the operative term in this case. Specifically CNRI handles: http://www.handle.net .
Updating handles is a manageable task that lets the original identity persist. And it's nice that any handle resolver will update itself to be aware of the changes to your handles. Another benefit is that a given handle can be an alias to another, so if a distinct EAD, say, is eventually subsumed by another, you can redefine the original handle to refer to the latter.
An example for an EAD:
For the handle "1711.dl/wiarchives.uw-whs-kewa0068"
Via UW's handle server:
Via CNRI's handle server:
On June 21, at 8:27 AM, Nathan Tallman wrote:
> Greetings list,
> I'm trying to get a handle on whether institutions are using relative or
> absolute links for linking digital content. Relative is probably the
> preferred for coding standards, but what if your are sending your EADs off
> to a consortium or central finding aid repository, in addition to your own
> website? Won't all the links be broken? Perhaps one can work some
> find/replace magic to make them all absolute.
> Just curious how others are handling this, especially since finding aid
> repositories are on the rise.
> Nathan Tallman
> Associate Archivist
> American Jewish Archives
University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center
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