medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

There has been discussion over on MEDTEXTL about the ORB website for
medieval studies, which seemingly disappeared after the death of its
administrator, Prof. Kathryn Talarico. With his permission, I'm x-posting a
sort of summary of the discussion from Laurent Brun, which details how the
archived site can be accessed, and raises the question of how important
medieval websites, content-rich but often quite vulnerable, can be given a
more secure future. As we've discussed ORB on this list before, I thought
this would be of broad interest. -- Paul

On 3 January 2016 at 03:15, Laurent Brun <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

As Claire Fanger pointed out, The ORB is not gone (yet). A technical
> glitch has cut the domain name ( from the server at the
> College of Staten Island, but the files haven't moved:
> The domain name will become available again on August 9th,
> unless someone can speed things up and manages to get in touch with
> Kathryn Talarico's heirs and transfer the domain ownership before it
> gets snatched by someone not interested in continuing Kathryn's work.
> In the meantime, I have set up a complete mirror at
> in case CSI decides to erase the original
> website. It is available "as is" -- no corrections or additions will
> be made.
> Internet Archive's Wayback Machine is a useful tool but it has its
> shortcomings, the most serious being that it usually doesn't record
> the whole website at any given date, so using it to piece together a
> website's hundreds or thousands of files isn't a solution for the
> faint of heart...
> I second wholeheartedly Julia Bolton Holloway's plea: "We really need
> a large mirror site of all useful medievalist websites to protect our
> material." I have myself yet to find a permanent repository to mirror
> suggestions are very much welcome.
> Laurent
> --
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