ROMANCEIRO.PT joins the OMEKA universe and renews digital platform

The project migrates its database to a new collection management system that allows easier access and consultation of traditional Portuguese novels. Better performance, renewed and appealing design, and the increase of the potential of the Archive are some of the strengths of the new platform.

The project, led by Pedro Ferré and Sandra Boto, researchers from the Research Centre for Arts and Communication (CIAC), University of Algarve, has just launched online a renewed digital platform through which it provides, in open access, thousands of versions of traditional Portuguese novels published from 1828 until the present time. At stake is the migration of the Portuguese Romance Archive of the Modern Oral Tradition, presented in its first digital version, in February 2016, and now enhanced through integration into the OMEKA system, a collection management system that allows users to publish and real-time documentary records in the field of ​​documentary heritage.

With the main objective of workimg in the expansion of the Archive and the availability of new data referring to the Old Tradition, the researchers guarantee that the migration of the database is an important step since it will translate “in a better performance, offering a more structured version, coherent and more organized, which will facilitate consultation by the public “. They also add that the “robustness of the system, the return of more reliable results and the appearance of a new and more appealing design” are just some of the strengths of the new platform that, as part of an open source system, also benefit from a community of programmers working permanently to ensure the constant updating of the software.

It is important to remember that is, so far, a project with unique characteristics on an international scale, presenting itself to the specialized public as a diffusion and study tool that promises to continue with a view to modernization and technological sophistication in the scope of Digital Humanities, the work of hundreds of researchers working in the field of Philology and, in particular, in Literature of Oral Tradition.