Page archiving and bookmarking
July 21, 2014 5:06 PM   Subscribe

Is there a website that works like a bookmarking service but will also allow screenshots of the page? Or how else can I work this out?

I want to get an accessible archive of my published articles and news mentions, but the bookmarking services I've used so far fall short. The main limitation is that I am not able to archive a screenshot of the page, so if the link ceases to work then so goes my content.

I know there is an option to just repost the entire published content onto its own blog page, but I would like to show proof that this article did exist and was published on the web's version of letterhead.

At minimum I would like:
1. A screenshot/saved copy of the web page
2. A link to the original site
3. All of this to be accessible online without needing a password

Bonuses would be:
1. A way to host a PDF version of the screenshot
2. Full text of the original content
3. Tagging and categorizing content

I feel like there was a social bookmarking site that did this, but it was a while ago and cost money. Any suggestions for making this work?
posted by divabat to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Host it all on your website. You've already got info there about selected projects. This could fit in perfectly there. That way you control the content, etc, as well.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 5:11 PM on July 21, 2014

How much of what you need will Zotero do for you?
posted by flabdablet at 5:12 PM on July 21, 2014

I think the service you were thinking of is Pinboard. It has a $25/year full-text archive and search option available. It's a good service, but I don't think it meets your third requirement (you're not supposed to share the archive from Pinboard; you're asked to copy the archive to your own server to share it with others). Though I'm not sure you'll find any service that meets that third requirement because of the myriad copyright issues that presents. If that's not a deal breaker, I think you'd be happy with Pinboard.
posted by ddbeck at 5:24 PM on July 21, 2014 [2 favorites]

Response by poster: I don't really have any hosting space available - my current website is being hosted on which is more like a social media aggregator.
posted by divabat at 5:36 PM on July 21, 2014

Oh, you could also share your Zotero stuff as a public collection and link to it, if that would be acceptable.
posted by unknowncommand at 5:40 PM on July 21, 2014

I am a fan of app options, but I have found a low-app solution that works quickly and well for me.

I manage a self-hosted wordpress website for an author and activist of which about half the content has been publshed elsewhere except facebook and twitter. About once a fortnight I go to the other places of publication, take a screenshot, copy the text and repost it all on the author's site under the relevant category and tagged with a note, a download link if required, and a link back to the original place of publication. Takes about 5min start to finish for each article. There is an automatic facebook and twitter feed so I don't have to bother with those, but almost everything else this author publishes or is featured in, is copied and republished in their own archive.

If you can't self host, grab a blog and make your archive there.
posted by Kerasia at 6:00 PM on July 21, 2014

In the vein of "proof that this article did exist and was published", a sort of symbiotic site used by Wikipedia for this is WebCite: it's free, you just fill in a quick form with the bibliographic information and immediately get back a link to an archived version of the page and the formatted text for a citation to that article or web page.

It looks like you can pay for a "premium" account and identify yourself as the author of the work, and then receive notifications whenever anyone else takes a snapshot of that particular URL? And other benefits are listed. But I've never tried that.

Lots of people across the Wikipedia ecosystem would be really annoyed if their archived source references became unavailable, so it seems like a pretty good bet that it will be around for a while.

BTW a higher standard of proof that should be available is a service that provides a cryptographic signature along with the web page, a sort of notarized guarantee that it's an unaltered copy of a page retrieved at a particular date and time, so you might look for that too if you're going to be paying cash money for this.

Taking a quick look at Zotero, it looks like it's an application you install on your own computer for organizing and managing saved copies of content, and doesn't obviously involve verification by a third party; but maybe that's what the OP is asking for and I've misunderstood.
posted by XMLicious at 6:03 PM on July 21, 2014 [2 favorites]

Evernote, the free version, will do this and you can make a note with the article, screenshots and tags and then have a public link to that note. It's got good browser plugins and I save stuff I need to archive to it all the time that way to share with colleagues.
posted by viggorlijah at 6:55 PM on July 21, 2014 [1 favorite]

I don't really have any hosting space available

Paying for simple hosting doesn't need to cost more than scarcely anything, and doing that rather than relying on advertising-supported "free" services means you get actual customer support instead of contemptuous cattle-class neglect when things go wrong.
posted by flabdablet at 7:34 PM on July 21, 2014 [1 favorite] creates permanent linkable snapshots of website content, to ensure that referenced material does not vanish. You may need a librarian, attorney, or law enforcement official to request the perma link to your material, i.e. this isn't a consumer product but it does what you want so you may be able to make it work for you.
posted by alms at 9:18 PM on July 21, 2014

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