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Breadcrumbs Award 2021 chooses the winners


The big winners of the 2021 edition of the Prize are already known - the award that distinguishes innovative works based on the information accessible through this service of the FCCN Unit, which preserves millions of pages gathered from the web since 1996.

In its 4th edition, which counted with the High Patronage of His Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic, 26 applications were received and the goal of demonstrating the usefulness of was maintained, as well as reinforcing the importance of preserving the information published on the web as a source of research and knowledge.

The big winner of the 2021 edition was the project "Major Minors", by Paulo Martins and Leandro Costa, winning a prize of 10.000€. The platform, created by these researchers from the University of Minho, aims to map the representation of minority groups in the Portuguese media landscape. To this end, "Major Minors" consists of an ontological database that aggregates press clippings with reference to social minorities.

The tool "Politiques", created by David Batista, was awarded the second prize, worth 3,000€. The work consists of a platform that allows searching for relations of support or opposition between personalities and political parties. These links are established through the analysis of news headlines preserved at According to the author, the database includes about 1400 Portuguese personalities affiliated to political parties and holding public positions in Portugal, among others.

The third prize was awarded to the work "Front pages of Portuguese online newspapers", by designer Susana Parreira, which receives a prize of 2.000€. As the name indicates, the project consists of a platform that performs an interactive analysis of the graphic design of the first pages of Portuguese online newspapers over time. The work also received an honorable mention awarded by the media partner - the Público newspaper. According to the author, the tool can be applied in research or in a classroom context.

The projects to Call were evaluated by an independent jury, composed by Alfredo Ramalho, Director of the João Paulo II University Library of the Portuguese Catholic University; Celso Martinho, Director of Engineering, Miguel Avillez, Assistant Professor with Agregação in the Department of Mathematics of the University of Évora; Maria Beatriz Marques, Professor of the University of Coimbra and PhD in Literature in the area of Documentary Sciences; and Teresa Firmino, editor of the Science section of the Público newspaper. The awards will be officially delivered at the Science 2021 Meeting, which takes place June 28-30.



Application Videos

- Major Minors project
- Politiquices project
- Portuguese online newspaper front pages project

- Summary video of the winners of Prize 2021

- Awards Page