World Digital Preservation Day 2020



On November 5, World Digital Preservation Day, holds an online session open to the community.

Registration form (free but required)

The speaker for this session is the winner of the 2020 Award, Miguel Ramalho, who will present his work. “Desarquivo” is a web aplication that searches for entities on and return a graph.

As in 2017, 2018 e 2019, we invite everyone to get to know, and to use it in research and in the preservation of memory.

World Digital Preservation Day is promoted by the Digital Preservation Coalitium (UK) and an occasion for initiatives around the world, shared on social networks with the WDPD2020 hashtag.


November 5th

3:00 pm – Presentation of the team
3:05 pm – Archive News – Daniel Gomes
3:15 pm – Desarquivo, 1st place in the Awards 2020, by Miguel Ramalho
3:45 pm – Questions

Search the Geocities history!

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Last updated on October 24th, 2020 at 11:46 am was the first major “social network” which enabled anyone to create their website and publish information on the Web. It was created in 1994, acquired by Yahoo in 1999 and shut down in 2009.

Initiatives have been emerging to preserve the content of Geocities, such as the Archive Team project which gathered 641 GB of information in 2009oOCities or also integrated Geocities history in its collections!

Now, anyone can explore Geocities through the innovative tools provided by (e.g. full-text search, image search or API).

By making the historical collection of Geocities available, intends to contribute to the development of innovative studies in areas such as Arts, Humanities or Sociology (see a resume).

Search Geocities now at:

Examples of Geocities preserved websites

Cross-lingual collection about the 2019 European Elections is available


Last updated on September 28th, 2020 at 12:04 pm

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The special collection of web pages about the 2019 European Elections is available for search at

To compile this collection, pages written in 24 European languages ​​were identified through automatic searches on the Bing search engine and suggestions from 17 European countries.

We emphasize the collaboration of the Publications Office of the European Union, which reviewed the list of search terms in the different languages ​​of the European Union.

Between May and July 2019, exhaustively collected pages related to the European Elections in several countries.

The resulting collection named “European Elections 2019” comprises 99 million web files that sum 4.8 Terabytes of information.

The technical report “A transnational crawl of the European Parliamentary Elections 2019 ” details the applied methodology. This methodology has been applied to generate other thematic collections such as about Covid-19.

We invited all citizens, especially the researchers, to try this service especially created to search the 2019 European Elections cross-lingual and international collection:

To know more

Collection about Covid-19 in Portugal

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Last updated on October 22nd, 2020 at 03:47 pm

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Suggest web pages about Covid-19 invites everyone to suggest web pages that document the Covid-19 pandemic to be preserved for future access.
Help us to keep a complete memory of the Portuguese live during this period.

Suggest pages using this form:

Thousands of web pages to tell the story of the pandemic in Portugal has been carrying out special collections of web pages related to the Covid-19 pandemic since March 2020.

“Future academics, scientists and journalists who are studying the Portuguese response to the Covid-19 pandemic will want to read first-hand testimonies of those affected, official records of the number of victims, and recommendations from doctors, politicians and scientists at the time” , Público newspaper, May 1, 2020 edition.

Daily, content was collected from a set of 106 sites on the theme of Covid-19. This set includes, for example, websites for the media, government, associations and university initiatives.

In another set are Twitter pages (108 identified in May), Youtube videos (815 identified in May) and also pages from Reddit and Git Hub.
Suggestions from the community were included. For example, Archivists from Sines (Portugal) collected local news related to Covid-19 (9 GB). The “” project also contributed and identified pages from newspapers. People sent suggestions through the public form.

Collaboration with IIPC for international collection

In February 2020, the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC), the main organization on Web preservation, proposed to its members a collection about the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. contributed with 1237 seeds, mainly in Portuguese. With successive contributions from other countries, the the IIPC collection reached over 7000 pages in July 2020.

A form is also available for anyone to suggest content for this international collection.

The IIPC collection “Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)” is accessible via the Internet Archive Archive-it. carried out 3 collections of the international collection compiled by the IIPC, the first on March 23 the second on June 15 and the third on late august, thus gathering international content useful for worldwide researchers.

Methodology for the selection of pages for the Covid-19 collection

We started by identifying terms related to the Coronavirus theme that included health, economic, political, geographic or organizational aspects.

Then, the Bing Azure service was used to automatically obtain, through a script, the following information for the first 10 results for each term: the page address, the title and the position in the results list.

Considering the list of results, it was decided which software would be used and which settings would be the best to collect the pages.

For example, in the case of a newspaper section dedicated to Covid-19, it was necessary to decide whether to record just one page or whether it makes sense to collect the entire site exhaustively.

Various types of software were used to collect the pages. For daily collections from 106 sites Heritrix was used. For capturing 108 Twitter accounts, Brozzler was chosen and for videos, manual capture using Webrecorder and Browsertrix.

To know more

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Search Terms
Results obtained through the Bing Azure search service
Contribution of to the 1st international collection (1,235 addresses) – 20 February
Contribution of for the 2nd international collection (75 addresses) – 16 March
All addresses of the international collection collected by – June 15th
List of websites about Covid-19 in Portugal for daily collection with Heritrix
List of Twitter pages for the national collection with Brozzler
List of Youtube videos for the national collection with Webrecorder
Crawl logs of the Covid-19 collection (10 GB)

Meet the winners of the Award 2020!

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Last updated on August 14th, 2020 at 01:14 pm

The winners of the 2020 Award were 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. 29 candidate works were received.

The award ceremony will take place during Science 2020 – Meeting with Science and Technology, scheduled for November 2-4 at the Lisbon Congress Center.

1st place – “Desarquivo”

The winner of the 10,000 euros prize was the work “ Desarquivo ” developed by Miguel Ramalho.

“Desarquivo” is a website that enables searching for named entities (e.g. people, organizations and places) and identify relationships among them, based on news published in online newspapers along time.

The search results are presented in the form of a graph or network of relationships that enables a journalist, researcher or any common citizen to dynamically explore the relationships among historical information preserved from the Web by

For example, a user can explore ideological proximity among political parties along time.

2nd place – “ Extension”

The 2nd prize in the amount of 3,000 euros was awarded to the work “ Extension ”,  a browser extension developed by Rodrigo Marques and Hugo Silva.

This extension enables users to perform advanced searches on directly from the browser , without having to leave the page they are currently viewing.

The “ Extension” is available for download in the Chrome Web Store.

3rd place – “Arquivo Económico .pt”

The 3rd place winner received a prize of 2,000 euros and was awarded to the work “Arquivo Económico .pt” by Nuno Bragança.

The “Arquivo Económico .pt” organizes and presents information preserved by about the prices of products since the time of the Portuguese coin escudo.

As a result, we have a website that enables searching the price of consumer goods by different categories, such as supermarket, transportation or others, on given dates.

For example, users can easily know how much a trip from Lisbon-Porto or a cell phone call costed in 1999.

Honorable Mention granted by Público newspaper

Jornal Público, official partner of the 3rd edition of the Prize, awarded its Honorable Mention to the work “Jornal do Passado”, developed by Bruno Galhardo.

“Jornal do Passado” is a game for all ages, developed for Android, in which the users test their knowledge about news or events by guessing the date in which they occurred.

As a result, we have an app that enables searching the historical information preserved by in a pedagogical and fun way.

New version of (Webapp release)

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Last updated on October 12th, 2020 at 11:52 am launched a new version of its service on April 15, 2020 named WebApp.

The purpose of this version was to standardize the user experience between different devices and reduce maintenance costs by removing components with redundant functions.

Its main novelty is the combination of the desktop and mobile interfaces in a single user interface.

The old desktop version has been disabled and the mobile version has evolved to work on various types of devices and screen sizes.

Webapp release desktop and mobile

New design of the homepage


Try the new image and page search

Webapp release search in english

New user interfaces for image or text search

Help us to improve!

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

If you encounter any problems, please contact us!

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

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Time travel with Público Newspaper

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In the 30th anniversary of Público Newspaper, we are invited to visit web pages of the electronic version of the newspaper, through a Time travel.

By clicking on each link we can visit an old Webpage which maintains the appearance and functionalities it had at the time it was published.

The selection of the pages was done by Público Newspaper, in collaboration with which achieved their presentation in the form of a timeline.

In the Award 2020 edition Público Newspaper will award an Honorable Mention to works based on the versions preserved by

Applications are wellcome until 4 May: 2020 Award.

We believe that a travel to the past will raise ideas and topics for study from the preserved contents.

More time travel

To have a time travel for your organization, please contact us.

Online Cafe with

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Last updated on October 8th, 2020 at 11:16 am

Wellcome to  Online Cafe!

Talk directly to the team and get answers to all your questions!

The team chats with you through online sessions.

Brief introductory presentations will be given, leaving time to ask all your questions about how to get more out of or how to apply to the Awards.

Next session

Back in October (date open)

Sessions held

1st session, 27 March – Website Preservation: Do It Yourself!

The 1st session (in Portuguese) was about Website Preservation: Do It Yourself! and counted with the participation of Ricardo Basílio (Digital Curator of and Daniel Gomes (Manager of

2rd session, April 3 –

The App, was the winner of Award 2019. Nuno Moniz presented the relevance of this app to the citizen participation on politics. Arian Pasquali and Tomás Amaro, also authors of this work were presents. The session continued with questions related to the development of works from

3th session, April 17 – Award and News on

After Easter break Online Café was back, presented by Daniel Gomes. This session was dedicated to clarify doubts for those who are finalizing their work to compete for the Award. Finally, the new interface of has been presented.

4th session, April 24 – Revisionista.PT – Uncovering the News

Flávio Martins and André Mourão, creators of the, talked about this tool that uses to show the reviews of a given new after its publication in newspapers.

5th session, April 30 – Public speeches about violence in private

Zélia Teixeira, Professor at Fernando Pessoa University and Psychologist, brought us an analysis of 217 news collected in from the three main daily newspapers, on domestic violence.

6th session, May 8 – API – How to process data at large scale?

André Mourão, Engineer I&D explained APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) through examples and cases, in the session held on 8 April. One doesn’t need to be an IT expert to see the the potencial of the API when used on research or new tools.

7th session, May 15 – Website Preservation: Do It Yourself!

Ricardo Basílio,’s web curator, presented a tutorial dedicated to Webrecorder and Browsertrix. This tools are usefull to capture websites locally in a small scale. From a demonstration of how it works, want to encourage the community. Anyone can make a selection of pages or websites and preserve them in a standardized format.

8th session, May 22 – The history of video games on the Portuguese web

Miguel Costa, Web developer and passionate about Web, tecnologies and videogames talked about the main figures of national business of videogames and about the first Portuguese videogame. In he founded archived files of videogames and a lot of information.

9th session, May 29 – Straight Edge in the metropolitan area of Lisbon

In the 9th session of the Café, we have got to know Straight Edge and its presence in the punk/hardcore medium of the metropolitan area of Lisbon in the 90s more closely. Diogo Duarte, anthropologist and researcher at the Contemporary History Institute of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, talkedabout his work dedicated to the theme and about the importance of to study this movement and other expressions of popular culture.

1oth session, June 5 – Health and Internet: an evolution

Health and Internet was the topic of the 10th session of Café, presented by Rita Espanha, professor and researcher at the ISCTE (University Institute of Lisbon) and CIES (Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology). The Internet has become the privileged medium where citizens seek information and build their own know in all areas of your life, including health. State agencies in turn have developed services that use the Internet. From the outside, part of the population remains that has not followed this change. The other part of the population that has easy access to information does not always have the critical sense to evaluate information and use it to their advantage. All of these issues became more evident during the Covid-19 pandemic period.

11th session, June 19 – Creating and managing preservable websites

The team of presented a set of good practises when publishing information though the Web, in order to its preservation.

12th session, June 26 – “Tell me Stories”, “Conta-me Histórias

“Tell me Stories”, “Conta-me Histórias” is a service that creates temporal narratives, based on the contents preserved by This application was the winner of the Prize 2018. One of its authors, Ricardo Campos (IPT; INESC TEC), talked about the service developments. Arian Pasquali, member of the development team, also participated in the discussion.

13th session, July 3 – Arquivo de Opinião

Researchers on NLP (Natural Language Processing find in this session an excellent use case explained in detail by its author. Miguel Won, resercher at the INESC-ID (Lisbon), talked about the opinion sections of the media. How do commentators read events and how does this reflect their political position? Based on this question, he developed the Web application Arquivo de Opinion, awarded in 2018, which presents a history of the opinion columns of Portuguese newspapers, from the pages of In this session we got to know the news of the project, which now also collects pages from social networks.

14th session, July 10 – Museum of Portuguese Web Design

Sandra Antunes, Professor at the School of Technology and Management of Viseu (ESTGV) spoke about virtual spaces for the memory of Portuguese Web design and showed the importance of a museum to fill gaps in the areas of preservation, exhibition and history of Portuguese Web design. is back to its origins at FCUL 20 years later

FCUL exhibition

FCUL exhibition

The exhibition of is being displayed at the library of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL) until April 30.

Eight posters with old web pages invite students, researchers and professors to use in their work and apply to the 2020 Award. There will be training at FCUL on March 12, 4h30 to 18h00 p.m., room 1.3.15.

This exhibition has been going through several Higher Education institutions, but in the case of FCUL it is a return to its origins.

In 2000 at FCUL, XLDB Research Group of the Department of Informatics, supported by FCCN (the agency that supports computing for science, research and technology), started a project on research and access to Web content, an optimised search engine: TUMBA! – (meaning “We have an alternative search engine!”).

Between 2002 and 2006, as part of a new project (TOMBA, referring to the national archive, Torre do Tombo), a prototype was developed for a national web archive. The researcher group was awarded as the best article by the network DELOS – Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries. was officially launched at the FCCN in November 2007, aimed to collecting and preserving Portuguese Web content and using specific technologies, similar to those of the Internet Archive.

Three researchers from FCUL were part of the core team. They have developed the service in the early years. In 2010, they presented a prototype of a search service, a Google for the past, innovative in the context of web archiving.

Currently, also has an image search and an API (Advanced Programming Interface). It maintains the perspective, followed by the first project at FCUL, which is based of creating useful services for the community. Memorial is the most recent service, created for institutions that wants to keep old sites accessible, even after disconnecting them from their servers. As an example of this, you can visit the Minema project (finished years ago), and see how this service works.

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Credits to Valter Gouveia Award 2020 launched at Público Newspaper

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The Award 2020 was officially launched on January 16th, at the Público Newspaper in Lisbon. Público is one of the most well-known newspapers in Portugal.

The event had talks by the Director of Público Newspaper Manuel Carvalho, the President of the Foundation for Science and Technology Helena Pereira and the manager of Daniel Gomes.

Participants of this open event were led into a guided visit to the newsroom. They saw a real scenario where contents of a newspaper are edited and produced.

Público’s website is daily crawled by the, which means an important contribution to the future access and use of contents.

In the 2020 edition of the Award, Público Newspaper will grant an Honorable Mention to works based on the newspaper’s content along its 20 years.

Find out how to apply, till 4th of May:

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Photos by: Valter Gouveia, FCT