Limited search and access patterns over Web archives have been well documented. One of the key reasons is the lack of understanding of the user access patterns over such collections, which in turn is attributed to the lack of effective search interfaces. Current search interfaces for Web archives are (a) either purely navigational or (b) have sub-optimal search experience due to ineffective retrieval models or query modeling. We identify that external longitudinal resources, such as social bookmarking data, are crucial sources to identify important and popular websites in the past. To this extent we present Tempas, a tag-based temporal search engine for Web archives.
Websites are posted at specific times of interest on several external platforms, such as bookmarking sites like Delicious. Attached tags not only act as relevant descriptors useful for retrieval, but also encode the time of relevance. With Tem- pas we tackle the challenge of temporally searching a Web archive by indexing tags and time. We allow temporal selections for search terms, rank documents based on their popularity and also provide meaningful query recommendations by exploiting tag-tag and tag-document co-occurrence statistics in arbitrary time windows. Finally, Tempas operates as a fairly non-invasive indexing framework. By not dealing with contents from the actual Web archive it constitutes an attractive and low-overhead approach for quick access into Web archives.