From the WAIS discussion this morning, Dave Millard talked about computed links. This can be interesting in being thought of as ‘Librarians’ of digital connections. Imagine a citation in a document describing the course and librarian code having multiple ways of locating the document, including knowledge that it is on the user’s system already, and thus being able to ‘find’ the source document rather than a simple link to a location which is brittle.
It’s always worth noting, as Joey pointed out, that links to academic documents are not as direct as links to websites since they are linked to download/payment sites, not to the documents.
As a consequence of this and more, we should focus on interacting with ‘the thing itself’ as often as possible.