Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal (National Library of Portugal)
Memórias de África e do Oriente DETI/UA e CESA/ISEG (UA)
The project Memória de África (Memory of Africa), born in 1997, results of two main constrains. On one hand there was the perception that researchers about African reality all over the world felt the need to know which publications could be found about Portuguese language African countries and were these publications could be found. On the other hand, the Fundação Portugal Africa aimed to support and develop projects that accomplished the goals set in its statutes, namely affirming itself as a main Foundation in this geographical area.
This encounter of needs gave birth to the construction of a bibliographic database about the African Countries of Portuguese Language to serve research purposes. A consortium was created between the Aveiro University, through its Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Computing (DETI), the Institute of Cientific and Tropical Research (Instituto de Investigação Científica e Tropical, IICT), through its Documentation and Information (CDI), Centre for African Studies (Centro de Estudos Africanos, CEA) of the Lisbon Universitary Institute (ISCTE) and the Centre for Studies about Africa, Asia and Latin America of the Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (CESA/ISEG).
By the end of 2008, the project opened its geographic scope to Goa (India) and Macau, changing its name to Memórias de África e do Oriente (Memories of Africa and Orient). The project is currently funded by the Fundação Portugal África, the Instituto Português de Apoio ao Desenvolvimento (IPAD) and the Caixa Geral de Depósitos, and it is developed by DETI/UA and CESA/ISEG. Its virtual catalog ascends to 440.000 records, monthly updated and a digital library with 388.000 pages digitalized. In addition is developing its Digital Photographic Archive, which by know is based in the collections of Fundação Oriente and of Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical.