The construction of a multidimensional model of link rot occurrences on government websites

The transparency of the activities of States to society is a part of concepts about new models of public administration.
However, nowadays, actions of transparency of the activities of States through Information and Communication Technologies, present new concerns such as resources that are referenced by broken hyperlinks (link rot), and therefore are not accessible to society, discouraging the public in data query.
The goal of this paper is to structure, in a star scheme topology, data collected on information resources referenced by broken hyperlinks on government sites, and consequently, with a no longer available content; and present as a result of both the construction of this structure, as initial analyses of these data.
The research data was delimited to the main and the Ministries of Health and Education sites from countries: United States of America, Brazil, Germany, and Japan.
This work concludes that a star scheme model brings new analysis possibilities about this sites, allowing to identify points of attention to minimize the unavailable content referenced by a broken hyperlink.

Keywords: Information and Communication Technologies. Link rot. Data Warehouse. Data Mart. Public Transparency.

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Fernando de Assis Rodrigues, B.Sc., M.S., Ph.D., is a professor at Federal University of Pará (UFPA), Brazil.