Portugal/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates
4.2.11 New technologies and digitalisation in the arts and culture
Several projects have now been concluded in cultural sphere:
- A web-site promoted by the Ministry of Culture for developing a network for cultural facilities and activities, as well as providing a broader base of support for production and access to Portuguese art and literature in multimedia formats (http://www.culturaonline.pt/).
- The Knowledge Network in Public Libraries that includes widespread free broadband access to the Internet in public libraries, as well as a web portal with access to all the resources, technical information and catalogues of those libraries (http://rcbp.dglb.pt/);
- Virtual Office - the on-line platform of Arts Territory Programme (see chapter 7.3) with information about the structures (artistic entities and local authorities as cultural promoters), the artistic productions and the cultural venues registered / participants. This platform enables the programme management as well as the schedule of the actions (http://www.territorioartes.pt/);
- National Digital Library - internet interface providing public access to online digitalisation service using information indicated in the catalogue of the National Library (BNP) for the digitalisation of specific items from its collections (material already in the public domain);
- MATRIZNET - an internet interface providing public access to Matriz - Inventory and Collections Management of National Museums and Palaces. This resource was conceived in order to enable the computerisation of museum inventories, the digitisation of museum collections, as well as the management of the circulation of museum pieces (http://www.matriznet.imc-ip.pt/).
- Creation of a Digital Cinema Network (Rede Cine): connecting screen cinemas to a central system which supplies digital copies of the films to be shown. This makes it possible to bring cinema to culturally less well-endowed environments and enables any theatre to connect to the system.; and
- Development of IGESPAR Information System based on the integration of information of former institutes (IPPAR and IPA). This includes new technological features and production of content regarding monuments and archaeological sites.
In recent years, indicators regarding PC ownership and Internet connections have seen an impressive growth, reaching 56% and 48% in 2009 (Table 2). In four years broadband internet access grew from 20% to 46% (2009).
Table 2: Computer ownership, internet connection and broadband internet access by household, in %, 2000-2009
Broadband internet access
Source: INE, Inquérito à Utilização de Tecnologias da Informação e da Comunicação nas Famílias.
Chapter published: 13-07-2011