Surfing the web in time: Mementos
Have you ever needed to see a copy of a now-lost website, and didn't know where to start ? Help is at hand, with Mementos.
The Memento protocol has been around for a while (since 2009). It's a way of adding a time dimension to our common HTTP-based way of browsing the web, and has been available as a plug-in for Firefox. (See mementoweb.org for details.)
On the UKWA site, we have launched an alternative web-based way of delivering Memento, without needing to amend your browser. Mementos allows you to search across multiple different web archives around the world at once - particularly helpful if you don't know by which territorial web archive a site is most likely to be kept. It gives a breakdown of how many versions each archive holds, and from when, and leads users through to the archived versions themselves.
For those interested in the detailed workings and in reusing the web client, the source code is hosted on Github.