Book “The Past Web: exploring web archives” available in Green Open access!

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Last updated on September 30th, 2021 at 01:54 pm

Since 2006, a book has not been published that reflects the state-of-the-art in the area of ​​web preservation and the research that has been conducted on web archives.

The main goal of the new book The Past Web: Exploring Web Archives was to create a new, up-to-date resource to educate more people in the field of web preservation and to make web archives known to researchers and academics.

As such, the book is primarily aimed at the academic and scientific communities, and presents the most innovative methods for exploring information from the past preserved by web archives.

Daniel Gomes, manager of Arquivo.pt led the book’s editorial team, which also included the field specialists Elena DemidovaJane Winters and Thomas Risse. In total, the book resulted from the contributions of 40 authors from around the world who are experts in web archiving.

The book is divided into 6 parts where we find various resources for exploring pages archived from the Internet since the 1990s.

We can also learn how to preserve our collective memory in the Digital Era, which strategies to use when selecting online content, and what impact web archives have on preserving historical information.

The book aims to support professors in their mission to transmit innovative and adequate knowledge for the digital literacy required to train professionals for the 21st century.

The manager of Arquivo.pt alerts to the need of including web archives in teaching plans and emphasizes that this knowledge brings a great competitive advantage especially for students of  Humanities and Social Sciences.

An innovative detail of this book is that all its cited links have been preserved by Arquivo.pt in order to ensure that the references remain valid over time.

The book is available for free to be downloaded from Portuguese higher education institutions (b-On member entities) until March 6th 2022!

If you do not belong to a Portuguese higher education institution, you can download a pre-print version of the book (Green Open Access).

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2019 websites available and Arquivo.pt surpasses 10 billion files

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Last updated on September 21st, 2021 at 10:53 am

The information collected from the Web during 2019 is now avaliable in Arquivo.pt (in respect to the embargo period of 1 year).

Printed screen from www.politico.eu preserved by Arquivo.pt, collected in June 18, 2019. Article about the Notre Dame fire in Paris, "Notre Dame fire 'fully extinguished’ as fundraising starts".
Printed screen from www.politico.eu preserved by Arquivo.pt, collected in June 18, 2019. Article about the Notre Dame fire in Paris, “Notre Dame fire ‘fully extinguished’ as fundraising starts”.

Remember and research historical events in 2019, such as

Arquivo.pt has visited 2 million sites and collected 1,7 billion files, 131TB in total, so that you can access the memory of past events.

In 2021, Arquivo.pt provides open access to more than 10 billion files (721 TB) from 27 million websites.

Arquivo.pt certified as an open data provider

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Last updated on September 16th, 2021 at 09:45 am

Arquivo.pt has been collaborating with Agência Modernização Administrativa (AMA) with the aim of improving the preservation of Public Administration websites.

Collaboration is based on three action points:

AMA is the public organisation responsible for promoting digital means in Public Administration and aims to modernise and simplify citizens’ access to State services.

Arquivo.pt is a service operated by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia I.P. that preserves data published on the Web between 1996 and the present day, making them accessible to any citizen for memory and research purposes.

EU open data directive includes documents on websites

The Directive (EU) 2019/1024 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on open data and the re-use of public sector information stipulates the following:

“(30) This Directive lays down the definition of the term ‘document’ and that definition should include any part of a document. The term ‘document’ should cover any representation of acts, facts or information — and any compilation of such acts, facts or information — whatever its medium (paper, or electronic form or as a sound, visual or audiovisual recording.

(34) To facilitate re-use, public sector bodies should, where possible and appropriate, make documents, including those published on websites, available through an open and machine-readable format and together with their metadata, at the best level of precision and granularity, in a format that ensures interoperability

(35) A document should be considered to be in a machine-readable format if it is in a file format that is structured in such a way that software applications can easily identify, recognise and extract specific data from it. Data encoded in files that are structured in a machine-readable format should be considered to be machine-readable data. A machine-readable format can be open or proprietary. They can be formal standards or not.

(60) The Commission should facilitate the cooperation among Member States and support the design, testing, implementation and deployment of interoperable electronic interfaces that enable more efficient and secure public services.

Arquivo.pt is a public service that has the mission of preserving documents published on Internet sites to enable their long-term open access and provides interoperable electronic interfaces (APIs) for their automatic processing.

The Portuguese Law No. 68/2021 of 2021-08-26 approves the general principles on open data and transposes the European Directive.

Arquivo.pt was certified as a Public Administration open data provider

The AMA recognized Arquivo.pt as a public service and open data provider and awarded its certification seal on the Open Data Portal.

Arquivo.pt collects general information published on the Web of interest to the Portuguese community. However, it is also responsible for the preservation of Public Administration websites, such as the Portal do Governo, in collaboration with the Management Center for the Government Electronic Network (CEGER).

Any citizen can access the open data resulting from these historical archives and, for example, search for official information published on the websites of successive governments.

In 2021, Arquivo.pt provided open access to over 10 billion files (721 TB) from 27 million websites. The open data preserved by Arquivo.pt can be explored through the search interface, automatically through API (https://arquivo.pt/api) or by reusing derived datasets.

Derived datasets available on the Open Data Portal

Besides the original web artefacts preserved at Arquivo.pt, this service has generated open datasets derived from its activities, which are now available in open access so that they can be reused:

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2021 Local Elections: We Need Your Help!

Last updated on August 2nd, 2021 at 02:22 pm

We have been emphasizing during our presentations that Arquivo.pt requires your collaboration to preserve information published on the Web related to Elections.

Campaign websites are historically relevant. However, they are difficult to identify because they appear and disappear quickly. Moreover, they are often exclusively referenced through printed media (e.g. posters).

That’s why your collaboration is essential!

To help, simply add addresses of pages or sites related to the Municipal Elections of 2017 through the following link:

Suggesting only 1 address related to your location will make a valuable contribution.

Can you help?

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Meet the winners of the Arquivo.pt Award 2021!

Last updated on July 9th, 2021 at 02:12 pm


The winners of the Arquivo.pt 2020 Award was announced by the Público newspaper, the official media partner of this year’s edition, which granted an honorable mention to the best work based on the contents of the newspaper. 26 candidate works were received.

The award ceremony toke place during Science 2021 – Meeting with Science and Technology, june 30, at the Lisbon Congress Center.

1st place – “Major Minors”

The winner of the 10,000 euros prize was the work “Major Minors” by Paulo Martins e Leandro Costa.

“Major Minors” is an Ontology of press clippings from Portuguese newspapers with reference to social minorities.

2nd place – “Politiquices”

The 2nd prize in the amount of 3,000 euros was awarded to the work “Politiquices” developed by David Batista.

“Politquices” is a Web application that allows searching support or opposition relations between political personalities and parties expressed in news headlines preserved at Arquivo.pt.

This interface makes it possible to analyse the relationship of support or opposition between two political personalities or organisations.

3rd place – “Primeiras páginas de jornais online portugueses”

The 3rd place winner received a prize of 2,000 euros and was awarded to the work “Primeiras páginas de jornais online portugueses”, developed by Susana Parreiraunder the supervision of Ana Sabino, Ana Boavida e Penousal Machado.

“Primeiras páginas de jornais online portugueses” (Front pages of Portuguese online newspapers) presents an interactive graphical analysis of the front pages of Portuguese online newspapers. For this study, specific items within the newspaper design were analysed, thus allowing trends to be observed over time.

As a result we have a Web interface that allows interactively visualising, for example, the space occupied by the images on the Público newspaper front page.

Menção Honrosa do Público

Público newspaper, official partner of the 4th edition of the Arquivo.pt Prize, awarded its Honorable Mention to the work “Primeiras páginas de jornais online portugueses”.

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“Art Forever on the Web”: Cycle of Webinars

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Last updated on July 6th, 2021 at 01:23 pm

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Colectiva de Artistas. 2008.04.19 a 2008.06.07. Galeria Quadrado Azul. Porto. Composition from a Webpage preserved on Arquivo.pt: www.quadradoazul.pt, 22nd October 2008.

On April 29, May 27 and July 1, from 3 to 4:30 pm, webinars geared to the community of artists, curators, gallerists and event producers will be held, open also to anyone interested in learning more about preserving art websites.

Throughout the sessions, participants will learn in detail about the functionalities of Arquivo.pt in order to take advantage of this public Web preservation service. They will have technical information, in the form of recommendations and best practices, to create preservable websites. Finally, they will learn how to use available tools to save their websites in a standardized format so that their contents are not lost.

This cycle of Webinars is an initiative of the “Forever” Project, a collaboration between the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Art Library and Arquivo.pt under the ROSSIO infrastructure.

For more details and sharing, please see the program (PDF) (in Portuguese).

Sign up!

April 29 – The Arquivo.pt and the preservation of digital memory
May 27 – Recommendations for creating preservable websites for the future
July 1 – Archiving the Web: do-it-yourself!

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Millions of images from the past!

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Last updated on April 5th, 2021 at 02:21 pm

Arquivo.pt launched a new version named Dionisius, on March 24th 2021.

1.8 billion images from the past Web are now searchable on Arquivo.pt.

Supporting large-scale image search over Web archives is a world-wide innovation.

To learn more about the development of this system, watch the video “Arquivo.pt image search 2020-2021“.

Try for example, how a search for images about “golf” returns images gathered from archived websites.

Print of an example of the image search at Arquivo.pt

Results page from a search for the term “golf” on Arquivo.pt.

The new image search API also allows you to create new works to apply for the Arquivo.pt Awards.

Help us to improve!

To help us, just try to perform an image search on Arquivo.pt using any device (e.g. laptop, mobile phone, tablet).

If you have any comment, please contact us!

Remember to always send us the URL of the page you are referring to.

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New “query suggestions” on Arquivo.pt!

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Arquivo.pt launched a new version, named Caronte, on January 19, 2021.

In this version we improved the query suggestions feature (Did you mean).

Whenever a user enters a query containing a potential error, Arquivo.pt presents a suggestion for an alternative query.

For example, when searching for “now york” you get the suggestion “Did you mean: new york”.

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Figure 1: Example of the query suggest feature by searching the term “now york”

The opening of applications to the Arquivo.pt Award 2021 until the 4th May became also emphasized on the home page.

Help us to improve!

To help us, just search the Arquivo.pt using any device (e.g. laptop, mobile phone, tablet).

If you encounter any problem, please contact us!

Remember to always send us the address of the page where you detected the problem.

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Open applications to the Arquivo.pt Award 2021!

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Open applications to the Arquivo.pt Award 2021!

In this 4th edition of the annual Arquivo.pt Award, € 15,000 will be awarded to the 3 best works (1st place: € 10,000).

The deadline for submissions is May 4, 2021.

Works may be developed individually or in group about any topic, as long as they use the information provided by Arquivo.pt as the main source of information.

The Público Newspaper is the official media partner of the Arquivo.pt Award in 2021. It was one of the first newspapers to become available online.

Jornal Público will award an Honorable Mention to one of the works which focused on the historical web-archive of Público online.

Full details about the applications are available at:
https://arquivo.pt/award2021.

The Arquivo.pt Award promotes the visibility of the applicants and their institutions.

Help us to spread the word about the Arquivo.pt Award!

Special collection of Portuguese Presidential Elections

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Form to suggest a web page, a web site or other web content

Arquivo.pt invites all citizens to suggest web pages related to the 2021 Presidential Elections to be preserved for the future.

The Presidential Elections will take place in Portugal on January 24, 2021.

Your suggestions are important so that Arquivo.pt can keep a more complete memory of this important electoral event.

To suggest web pages use this form (https://tinyurl.com/presidenciais-sugerir)