At the end of 2020, we recommend some texts that put the future in perspective.
We highlight the theme of preserving online content presented in the ebook “Tendências 2021” (Trends 2021). The contribution of Daniel Gomes, the Arquivo.pt manager, was entitled “Arquivos online ou do online?” (Online archives or archives of the online?).
I was invited to write about the challenges and threats to online archives. The first question that came to me was what is meant by an “online archive”?
My concern lies in the “archives of the online” because there is not even an established awareness about their need, whether at an academic, governmental or individual level.
It is technologically impossible to preserve all information available online. But it is absurd not to be aware that we have to preserve some of the information online for short, medium and long term access.
Welcome to the second season of the Online Cafe with Arquivo.pt
Talk directly to the Arquivo.pt team and get answers to all your questions! The Arquivo.pt launched a new cycle of 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 Arquivo.pt or how to apply to the Arquivo.pt Awards.
Special session – World Digital Preservation Day 2020 – november 5
In this session we met the winners of 2nd place the Arquivo.pt Awards 2020. Rodrigo Marques and Hugo Silva talked about the their work “Arquivo.pt Extension” wich is a browser extension that allows users to search on Arquivo.pt. They showed through practical examples how the extension save time and helps the acess to the Arquivo.pt.
16th session – december 11 – Arquivo Económico .pt
Arquivo Económico .PT, authored by Nuno Bragança, 3rd place in Arquivo.pt Awards 2020, is a WebApp that allows discovering prices on web pages along time, over a set products in frequent use and compare them with current prices. Data are obtainned automatically from Arquivo.pt, processed and presented in an intuitive way for the common user.The possibility of comparing the present with the past based on information from the archived web shows how it can be useful not only to satisfy curiosity but also to support studies in many areas.
17th session – january 15 – How to do an exhibition of old web pages without being an IT expert (tutorial)
This session present by Ricardo Basílio, the Arquivo.pt digital curator, is focused in practical aspects, when preparing an exhibition of old pages. As example: the use of long links, tipical of web archives, graphic aspects to be taken into account and navigation routes between webpages. The WordPress.com is used as platform to show how easy is build a web exhibition. The core aspects of dissimination content from Web archives have application in other platforms.
Video and presentation: (soon)
18th session – Newspapers and web archives
This session was dedicated to the websites of Portuguese newspapers. Diogo Silva da Cunha talked about his first contact with Arquivo.pt and his approach, concretized in an “research route” as a way of delimiting the scope of his analysis. He also presented the results of his research about Correio da Manhã, Diário de Notícias, Expresso and Público newspapers.
Special Session – March 2 – Arquivo.pt Award story and questions
Resume: The Arquivo.pt Award was created in 2018 in order to promote the use of Arquivo.pt for innotive works. How many candidates had applied since till now? What areas did the work focus on? What is the balance between Studies and Applications? Who were the winners and what were their main contributions? These and other questions were the guidelines for this session dedicated Award 2021.
This session was presented by Daniel Gomes and the Arquivo.pt team
Invited speaker: Daniela Major (presentation in Portuguese)
Resume: The commemoration of the Centenary of the 1st World War generated several strategies for international cooperation in the 21st century and such diversity is present in the information published on commemorative websites. In this session, Daniela Major will show how she used Web archives to start a study in the context of Contemporary History, as well as the methodological implications in her work.
Daniela Major is a PhD student in Digital Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. In 2019, within the scope of the ROSSIO Infrastructure, he started at Arquivo.pt a study on the celebrations of World War I based on the preserved contents of the Web. Currently, his PhD focuses on the media impact of the idea of Europe over the past few years. 15 years, in an effort to combine intellectual history with digital humanities.
The speaker for this session was the winner of the Arquivo.pt 2020 Award, Miguel Ramalho, who presented his work. “Desarquivo” is a web aplication that searches for entities on Arquivo.pt and return a graph.
As in 2017, 2018 e 2019, we invited everyone to get to know Arquivo.pt, and to use it in research and in the preservation of memory.
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 Arquivo.pt.
For example, a user can explore ideological proximity among political parties along time.
This external service is useful for research use cases, in areas such as Web design, Art, Communication or History,where it is necessary to access the original visual aspect of a page from the past in the most reliable way possible.
The exhibition of Arquivo.pt 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 Arquivo.pt in their work and apply to the Arquivo.pt 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.
Arquivo.pt 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 Arquivo.pt 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, Arquivo.pt 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.
Arquivo.pt 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.
Next Thursday, 28th March, is the last day to visit Arquivo.pt Exhibition in FCT – Library, in Caparica.
The exhibition is open to the public all day long, from 9 am to 8 pm and shows six iconic pages from Portugal’s recent history such as the result of the 1996 Presidential Elections in Portugal, the Expo’98 page, or the first home page of the RTP television network, published in 1998.
FCT – Library is located at Caparica Campus. For further information call 212 94 78 29.
This exhibition is itinerant, so if you are interested in bringing it to your city or institution, please contact Arquivo.pt.