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As a student project, which benefits from the personnel and network infrastructure of our institute, faculty and university, we are always eager to give something back. This project started as a measure to improve the use of the Internet at Goethe University by the establishment of a short URL service in the summer of 2015.
As a student initiative at the Goethe University, we are proud to be able to satisfy the wish expressed in many places for more expressive website addresses. The initiative was characterised by openness: everyone could participate in the design of the short URL service via Github. There questions and decisions were openly discussed, and the complete source code of the program can be viewed online.
As an institution established at the Department of Physics and with the support of other institutes, we can guarantee the long-term availability of the short links. Nevertheless, the service requires constant attention when adapting policies or developing a programming interface for university websites.