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301works.org | Frequently Asked Questions
Any individual, group, or company that would like to become a participating member should start by reviewing these following terms:
1. Participating companies will regularly back up their URL mappings (short and long URLs pairs) to the service provided by the Internet Archive, using one of the supported formats. "Regularly" shall be interpreted as at least once per month. The current support format is a .csv text file, with the following fields: 1/ long url, 2/ short URL, 3/ (optional) click count, and 4/ (optional) date of creation.
2. In the case of closure of the URL shortening service, a participating company will agree to transfer technical control of the shortening service domain so that 301Works can perform the redirection of shortened URLs. Note: This does not mean that the company will transfer ownership of the domain in such a case. Likewise, a closing company will agree to allow 301Works to publish the mappings so that users can remap any shortened URLs they may be using.
3. Participating companies will be encouraged to place a 301Works badge on their websites, indicating that they are operating in accordance with these terms of participation.
4. Any participating company that ceases to operate, or fails to comply with the terms of participation will be given a short period in which to come into compliance, and if they fail to do so within that time frame, they will no longer be considered a participating company.
5. If a participating company falls out of compliance with the terms of participation such as not updating the company archive, or failing to respond to inquiries from 301Works or IA staff after a two month period, 301Works will open the archived URL mappings to user access.
6. For the sake of perceived privacy by end users, the retrieval of a long URL will require having the short URL, and only a single URL at a time will be returned through the planned IA 301Works interface. This means that all companies that are considering creation of large numbers of shortened URLs should either keep their own records regarding those mappings, or should negotiate with any URL shortening service to provide a database of the mappings, at the time of their creation.
7. No fees are associated with participation in 301Works.
8. A simple agreement document based on the published principles is executed, some set up takes place at the Internet Archive, and then the participating company can start uploading archival URL mappings on a regular basis.
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