Graduate Research Assistant
Los Alamos National Research Library
Tools like Archive-It and Webrecorder exist that allow users to create web archive collections easily. These collections contain thousands of seeds, and every capture of a seed results in a new memento. If a potential user wants to review a collection to understand it, they may need to review thousands of mementos. The Dark and Stormy Archives (DSA) Project provides a solution through summarization by generating an intelligent sample of mementos from an immense collection. With that sample, we visualize those mementos with social media storytelling through surrogates, like cards and browser thumbnails. These stories have many uses. By comparing stories, a researcher can decide which collection meets their information needs. With the DSA Toolkit, educators can sample and demonstrate web archive content to students. Archivists and librarians may generate DSA stories to showcase their collections to patrons. With the SHARI process, we join the DSA Toolkit and StoryGraph project to summarize the biggest news story for a given day. We will highlight the achievements of the Dark and Stormy Archives Project and discuss its future.