January 22, 2022

Preprint: “MementoEmbed and Raintale for Web Archive Storytelling”

The following article (preprint) was recently shared on arXiv.


MementoEmbed and Raintale for Web Archive Storytelling


Shawn M. Jones
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Martin Klein
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Michele C. Weigle
Old Dominion University

Michael L. Nelson
Old Dominion University


via arXiv arXiv:2008.00137


For traditional library collections, archivists can select a representative sample from a collection and display it in a featured physical or digital library space. Web archive collections may consist of thousands of archived pages, or mementos. How should an archivist display this sample to drive visitors to their collection? Search engines and social media platforms often represent web pages as cards consisting of text snippets, titles, and images. Web storytelling is a popular method for grouping these cards in order to summarize a topic. Unfortunately, social media platforms are not archive-aware and fail to consistently create a good experience for mementos. They also allow no UI alterations for their cards. Thus, we created MementoEmbed to generate cards for individual mementos and Raintale for creating entire stories that archivists can export to a variety of formats.

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54 pages; PDF.


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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.