September 16, 2021

OCLC and Internet Archive Share Results of Year-Long Effort to “Ensure Future Sustainability” of

From OCLC:

OCLC and Internet Archive today announced the results of a year-long cooperative effort to ensure the future sustainability of

The organizations have worked together to build a new sustainable service hosted by Internet Archive that will manage persistent URLs and sub-domain redirections for,, and

Since its introduction by OCLC in 1995, has become a key part of the Web, providing a source of Persistent URLs (PURLs) that redirect users to the correct hosting location for documents, data and websites as they change over time.

With more than 2,500 users, including publishing and metadata organizations such as the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI), has become important to the smooth functioning of the Web, data on the Web, and the Semantic Web in particular.

“We share a common belief with OCLC that what is shared on the Web should be preserved, so it makes perfect sense for us to add this important service to our set of tools and services, including the WayBack Machine, as part of our mission to promote universal access to all knowledge,” said Brewster Kahle, Founder & Digital Librarian, Internet Archive.

Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, Membership and Research, and Chief Strategist of OCLC, welcomed the announcement as “a major step in the future sustainability and independence of this key web infrastructure. OCLC is proud to have introduced persistent URLs and in the early days of the Web and we have continued to host and support it for the last 20 years. We welcome the move of to the Internet Archive, which will help them continue to archive and preserve the world’s knowledge as it evolves.”

“We appreciate OCLC’s support of for more than 20 years, and we look forward to working with the Internet Archive moving forward”, said Stuart Sutton, DCMI Managing Director.

All previous PURL definitions have been transferred to Internet Archive and can continue to be maintained by their owners through a new web-based interface located at Continued sustainability, a new modern administration interface, and the removal or redirection of invalid URLs to a historical snapshot are significant improvements that both organizations welcome in this new service.


Direct to New PURL Administration Interface

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.