e-flux Architecture: The Digital Building: Casa da Arquitectura. “Portuguese Centre for Architecture is delighted to announce the launch of the Digital Building on May 13, in a presentation event that will be broadcast online…. The Digital Building is a set of three online platforms that will make available, free of charge and in a bilingual version—Portuguese and English—progressive access to scanned materials from the collections and estates of architects such as Eduardo Souto de Moura, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, João Luís Carrilho da Graça and Lucio Costa, among many others.”
Associated Press: Cruise Ship Carrying Over 4,000 Passengers Held in Lisbon Amid Covid-19 Outbreak. “A cruise ship carrying over 4,000 people has been held in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon after a COVID-19 outbreak infected crew members, the German news agency dpa reported Saturday.”
Reuters: Portugal cuts COVID-19 isolation from 10 days to seven. “Portugal on Thursday cut the mandatory isolation period for people who test positive for COVID-19 but are asymptomatic from 10 days to seven, even as new infections hit record highs. The move, which also applies to high-risk contacts, came after health experts urged the government to rethink its policy amid concerns that the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant and lengthy quarantines could paralyse the country.”
BBC: Omicron variant: 13 Belenenses players and staff test positive for new variant. “Thirteen players at Portuguese club Belenenses, whose match against Benfica was abandoned in farcical scenes on Saturday, have tested positive for the Covid variant Omicron – accounting for every case currently in the country. A Covid-19 outbreak meant only nine Belenenses players started against Benfica with the match called off in the second half when injuries reduced their team to six.”
New York Times: In Portugal, There Is Virtually No One Left to Vaccinate. “Portugal’s health care system was on the verge of collapse. Hospitals in the capital, Lisbon, were overflowing and the authorities were asking people to treat themselves at home. In the last week of January, nearly 2,000 people died as the virus spread. The country’s vaccine program was in a shambles, so the government turned to Vice Adm. Henrique Gouveia e Melo, a former submarine squadron commander, to right the ship. Eight months later, Portugal is among the world’s leaders in vaccinations, with roughly 86 percent of its population of 10.3 million fully vaccinated. ”
Digital capacity building in the cultural heritage sector: the Portuguese Presidency Europeana conference (Europeana Pro)
Europeana Pro: Digital capacity building in the cultural heritage sector: the Portuguese Presidency Europeana conference. “On 3-4 June, Europeana and the National Library of Portugal hosted an online conference in partnership with Portugal’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union on building capacity for the digital transformation of the cultural heritage sector. In this post, we tell you all about the event.”
Hyperallergic: The Enchanting Visuals of Portuguese Fish Tins. “The idiosyncratic visual culture of Portugal’s tinned foods industry is the subject of Conservas de Portugal, an online museum featuring more than 40,000 entries including fish tin designs, labels, photographs, and more. Its collection is curated by CAN THE CAN, a restaurant in Lisbon associated with the National Association of Manufacturers of Canned Fish (ANICP).”
New-to-me, from Culinary Backstreets: Projecto Matéria: Putting Portugal’s “Tomato Whisperer” On the Map. “[Hortelão do Oeste] is by no means a secret – it supplies tomatoes and peppers to some of the best restaurants in Lisbon. The brothers’ produce is so good that it has earned them a place in João Rodrigues’ Projecto Matéria, an online database that promotes Portuguese farmers and celebrates them as fundamental elements of Portuguese culture.” The site is in Portuguese, but translates without issue. The writeups I looked at were extensive and y’all, the photography.
Portugal Resident: Algarve’s digital archive dating back to 1810 launched. “The Heremoteca Digital do Algarve, a digital archive of newspapers and magazines published in the Algarve between 1810 and 1974, was officially unveiled to the public last Sunday (December 8) in Querença, Loulé…. However, many of the 300,000 editions of around 400 publications are still to be uploaded to the website. For now, the website only includes newspapers and magazines published up until 1949, due to ‘copyright issues’, although the full collection, which includes publications up to the year of 1974, can be viewed at the University of the Algarve’s library.” The Algarve is the southernmost part of Portugal. More information and heart-stopping, envy-producing travel photography here.
EFF: Portugal Bans Use of DRM to Limit Access to Public Domain Works. “At EFF, we’ve become all too accustomed to bad news on copyright coming out of Europe, so it’s refreshing to hear that Portugal has recently passed a law on copyright that helps to strike a fairer balance between users and copyright holders on DRM. The law doesn’t abolish legal protection for DRM altogether—unfortunately, that wouldn’t be possible for Portugal to do unilaterally, because it would be inconsistent with European Union law and with the WIPO Copyright Treaty to which the EU is a signatory. However, Law No. 36/2017 of June 2, 2017, which entered into force on June 3, 2017, does grant some important new exceptions to the law’s anti-circumvention provisions, which make it easier for users to exercise their rights to access content without being treated as criminals.”
Anglican Communion News Service: Pre-Anglican Lusitanian newspaper archive now online. “The earliest copies of the Jornal Igreja Lusitana – the Lusitanian Church Newspaper – have been digitised and made available online by the Portuguese public archive. The Evangelical Apostolic Catholic Lusitanian Church was founded in 1880 by a group of former Roman Catholic priests and laity; and 14 years later, in 1894, they began publishing the Jornal Igreja Lusitana, which is now an important record of the history of the growth of Protestantism in Portugal.”