Investiga XXI research project has started

Last updated on September 25th, 2017 at 04:21 pm

Investiga XXI research project is publicly sharing the first contributions based on

The main goal is to promote the use of as a source and tool for scientific research.

The ongoing projects adopt perspectives from the Digital Humanities in their approach to the different objects of study:

To know more:

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Last updated on July 27th, 2021 at 04:07 pm automatically identified R&D project websites to preserve their content. It preserved 52 million web files (7 TB) related to science for future access.

R&D websites publish valuable information but are being lost

Websites about Research and Development (R&D) projects are increasingly being used to publish important scientific information that complements published literature (e.g. data sets, documentation or software). However, after projects ending, the corresponding websites usually disappear causing a permanent loss of unique and valuable scientific information.
Percentage of project URLs from the EU Open Data Portal that referenced relevant content in November 2015 distributed per work programme since FP4 (1994). 
Percentage of project URLs from the EU Open Data Portal that referenced relevant content in November 2015 distributed per work programme since FP4 (1994).

Online information related to R&D projects is not being fully documented. For example, information about the URLs of projects funded by the 7th Framework Program (FP7) available at the European Union’s Open Data Portal is missing for 92% of the projects. automatically identified URLs related to Research and Development projects

The main objective of is to preserve online information for scientific and academic purposes. Therefore, it developed a pragmatic and low-cost process that automatically identifies URLs related to R&D projects to be systematically preserved. Automatic identification is achieved through the combination of open data sets with free search services. This work is detailed in an article published at the International Conference on Digital Preservation 2016.

All the data sets and tools developed during this research have been made publicly available in open access so that they can be reused and collaboratively enhanced.

52 million web files related to science were preserved

The application of the developed process already enabled the preservation of 52 million files (7 TB) obtained from 53 993 websites of R&D projects financed since the FP4 (1994), such as the WEZARD project funded by FP7 aimed at “preparing the future research community in the area of air transport system robustness when it is faced with weather hazards”. The website for this project ( is no longer available online. However, it was preserved and can be accessed at
All the websites identified and preserved during this project are accessible through since March 2017.
Preserved website of the WEZARD project (, funded by FP7 between 2011 and 2013, available at
Preserved website of the WEZARD project (, funded by FP7 between 2011 and 2013, available at

Contributions to complement the European Open Data Portal data sets

The developed process was applied to the data sets published through the European Open Data Portal to try to complement the missing information regarding project URLs. The obtained results showed that the completeness of the FP7 data set was improved by 86.6%.

All the resulting data sets were made publicly available so that they can be improved and reused by other organizations also interested on preserving this digital heritage (FP4FP5FP6FP7).


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Blogs that stand for History: training offered by

Blogs that stand for history training course

Last updated on September 26th, 2017 at 10:27 am

“How can my blog stay in the Digital History of Portugal?” Is the starting question for this meeting dedicated to digital preservation.

Blogs that stand for history training course
Blogs that stand for history – training course

On the 23rd February 2017, the FCCN unit of the FCT, in Lisbon, responsible for, hosted a free training session for bloggers in the areas of technology, lifestyle and fashion. Under the motto of working to leave their blogs in the history of the Portuguese Web, this set of bloggers joined the research infrastructure attending sessions on digital preservation techniques

Training about in April at UTAD, Vila Real, Portugal formação gratuita UTAD 2017

This training will take place during the event Jornadas FCCN 2017 at UTAD from 19 to 21 April.

Training agenda

This training course will take place at Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), 20 de abril, 14:30-16:00.

  • an innovative service at your disposal
  • How to publish preservable information for the future
  • Automatic access to (APIs)

Do not miss the Zapping of other services at your service!

We also highlight the “Zapping session of FCCN projects and services” (April 20, 9:30). During just 1 hour anyone can get to know all the services offered by the FCCN, free or at no cost to the academic community.


Registration is free and includes social events. However, the number of registrations is limited and we accept submissions in order of submission. The main objective of Jornadas FCCN is to interact with the local communities.

Please spread the word about it to potential interested parties.

Related Links

Sites crawled in 2015 are now available through!

The information collected from the Web during 2015 is now avaliable in!

Remember and investigate historical events of 2015 such as the terrorist attacks at Charlie Hebdo and Bataclan or the Greek crisis.

Charlie Hebdo Cover


Now you can acess 835 milion preserved files (35TB) from 2 milion websites collected in 2015.

Examples of preserved pages

New release of with improved replay quality!

Antes e Depois site preservado aeropaixão released a new version of its service on the 25th of January 2017.

The new version named PyCDX introduces significant improvements in the replay quality of the preserved pages.

These improvements resulted from the adoption of PyWb technology developed by Ilya Kreymer.

The replay of the preserved pages is now more comprehensive, with the loading of additional images, PDF, CSS, and other Web content that previously were not reproduced.

Examples of improvements

AeroPaixao website before and after improved replay
Replay of the preserved page before and after the new version of
replay before and after new version of
Replay of the preserved page before and after the new version of


Replay of the archived page before and after new release of
Replay of the preserved page before and after the new version of


Know More – new version new version 2016 released a new version on the 7th of November 2016.

The new version named Hercules presents design improvements, specially in the user interface for the replay of preserved Web pages, such as:

  • Minimize and Maximize options for the toolbar by clicking in the upper right corner, so that users can visualize the preserved Web page in full screen; new version 2016 new version 2016 in Iceland Iceland IIPC 2016

Last updated on September 26th, 2017 at 10:30 am

The team went to the biggest international Web archiving conference. Iceland IIPC 2016 Iceland IIPC 2016

The conference, organized by the International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC), occurred from the 11th to the 15th of April 2016. contributed with 5 presentations in the conference.

The slides are available in the following links:

For more informations about the conference visit

We archived the Web pages of the Portuguese Presidential Elections of 2016!

The made 2 crawls of Web pages related with the Portuguese Presidential Elections of 2016.

We had appealed to the community contribution by suggesting Web pages related with the Presidential Elections of 2016 in order to archive it.

We made 2 crawls, during and after the election campaign period, using the list of 284 Web pages suggested by the community, archiving a total of 551 672 Web resources, that occupy 7 GB.

It were collected Web pages such as the official ones from the running candidates, from political parties, news in the media about the elections, blogs, opinion articles.

The respects an embargo period of 1 year, and for that reason the archived collection will only be avaliable by the end of 2016.

However you can consult now some archived Web pages from the previous Portuguese Parliamentary Elections such as:

We would like to thank all the volunteers that helped with this initiative.