Arquivo.pt certified as an open data provider

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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.

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:

Resources list

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)

Cross-lingual collection about the 2019 European Elections is available

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

Print European Elections 2019
Print from an archived page on Arquivo.pt: https://www.european-elections.eu

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

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, Arquivo.pt 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: https://arquivo.pt/ee2019

To know more

We preserved the Portuguese Local Elections of 2017

Last updated on January 23rd, 2018 at 10:15 am

Arquivo.pt performed 2 web crawls of information related with the Portuguese Local Elections of 2017.

We appealed the community to contribute with suggestions of relevant Web pages so that we could preserve them.

The 2 crawls occurred during and after the campaign period, using the list of 410 Web pages suggested by the community and 13 887 web pages found automatically using search engines.

The result was an archive of 2 265 887 Web resources (360 GB).

Among the preserved web pages are the official sites of the candidates, news, blogs and articles with personal opinions about the elections.

The Arquivo.pt respects an embargo period of 1 year, and for that reason this collection will only be available by the end of 2018.

Meanwhile, you can consult the preserved pages about the previous elections of 2013, such as:

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