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History

Last updated on April 23rd, 2021 at 05:23 pm

Arquivo.pt is the official initiative for archiving the Portuguese web and started in January 2008.

However, the original idea came in 2001 with a project called tumba! (Portuguese initials of “we have an alternative search engine!”), developed by the research group XLDB of the University of Lisbon and supported by FCCN.

Tumba! enabled term search over the last crawl of the Portuguese web only. Following tumba!, came the Tomba Portuguese web archive prototype, named after the Tombo Tower which is the Portuguese National Archive established in 1378. Tomba enables access to different versions of contents collected by tumba! for 4 years (2002-2006).

The initial team that worked on the Portuguese web archive project was composed of 3 former researchers of tumba!.

The know-how and experience gained from these academic projects were crucial to the development at FCCN. However, the Arquivo.pt was implemented using different technology.

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