São João del Rei Transparente

Apresentação do Projeto


The city we dream of is the city we can build: empowerment of local / global transparency:

Alzira Agostini Haddad/History of participations and awards of the project . Atitude Cultural
Video Transparent São João del-Rei . To be noble is to have identity

The Data Bank www.saojoaodelreitransparente.com.br is a voluntary project that we have been developing since 2000 in the historic city of São João del-ReiThe Brazilian Capital of Culture 2007. Our aim was the create a project that would serve as an applicable model to other cities in order to collect data and images (locally and globally) in a tangible, sustainable, permanent, efficient and professional way. This would involve an integrated digital inventory updated on daily basis that registers academic researches, public consultations, the main news and facts to be shared, respecting the organizations and leadership actions, the international governing guidelines of publishing knowledge, TICs-Information Technology and Communication - ESGAgenda 2030. It is vitally important to build, organize and map out the demographic contents for a better planning and execution of public policies, channels, mechanisms and tools that allow for a respectful participation of urban actors and special interest groups that function in cities. Our focus: actions and results aiming at supporting the community by knowing its culture, identifying and treasuring its best practices and best local / global products and servicessocial-cultural expressionsreliable data source, registering and crossing data provided my interactive corporations. (SDG 11). Dreaming and doing our part for more connected, intelligent, humanized and transparent cities and communities - always valuing and protecting their wealth, with all autonomy, strengthening and being strengthened by regional, state, federal and international dimensions.

We find it that we need an urgent change of heart concerning our active historical participation in discussions related to both citizenship, environment and our heritage, a fact that raised a few questions:
How to make our community a better place to live and help prevent violations and under inconsistent governance?
How to provide a better access to information and have an unbiased comprehension of facts?
How to avoid setbacks concerning public decision making as well as help maintain actions and attitudes that can benefit the community as a whole?
How to provide interactive registers of a wide range of global knowledge engaging a practical technological innovation that allows for social interaction concerning human and urban environments?
When will grand theories, treaties, discoveries and experiences be consolidate into sustainable public policies, build up a solid and respectful economy and applicable social practices?
How to organize data and facilitate concepts and criteria, techniques and methodologies used for a better understanding, legislationguidelinesnewsagendas - increasing a network that allows for partnerships, cooperation under the guidelines of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

"The center is everywhere", Nicolau de Cusa, Século XIII
Our experience shows that a local initiative is fundamental in answering these questions and enabling a truly reliable data base to register, catalog and collect a wide range of research, collaborators and concerns within its own network and, consequently, expand it to the region, country and the world. This might benefit the preservation of the local singularities, scenery, territories, environmental resources as well as cultural and touristic features, factors that will lead to the protection of its richness. It is worth pointing out that autonomy is strengthened by both regional, national and international dimensions – past, present and future synchronized in time, actions to register and incorporate the new digital era in order to expand and share a substantial amount of material that will allow for open dialogues concerning contextualized historical facts, material analyses, debates that may enable a more comprehensible take on issues such as fragments, legacies, heritage, biographiesprofiles and a sheer variety of archives. Another point is providing activities to teach conservation techniques, build rapport among various social, cultural, education and institutional sectors by inviting the community to contribute with their ideas, attitudes, projects and initiatives so that each one has their own works recognized and treasured.

Networks and Data Base Banks: collaborative sharing
It is important to recognize the challenges of building an extensive network of sharing data. On the hand, it is also important to mention that efforts have been made and determination has been instrumental in meeting such needs by systematizing the best way possible all human construct: researches, studies, data, information social-technology digital and catalogs of documents with immense historical, social, artistic, cultural and scientific value. History, education and culture constantly generate facts that allow for legitimate experiences by acting upon the issues presented as well as alternatives and effective solutions. Despite the difficulties and complexities faced, not only have the development and maintenance of institutional portals been providing excellent contents but also enjoying great benefits a network may offer. Self-regulation and self-adjustment are inputted in the sense that each one of us is responsible for what they publish in a both inter and hipper connected network which decentralize and contribute to the system welfare (Networks, WWF). An online service, with an integrated, multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary and low-cost implementation system, promotes information and innovations that make inclusion access available, a fact that will avoid content repetition and maximize data storage. As for the sheer variety of contents, each group or institution should have their own data bank/portal as thorough as possible. A "Big Data" channel that is fully integrated in a system is extremely important so that access is available to citizens, organizations, local governments and international communities – a transparent and democratic kaleidoscope.

Making the Best of it
As a network of content consultations under constant construction, a global local interactive digital portal will serve everyone permanently, connecting cities, countries and the world on a daily basis, as we have been insisting on doing since 2000. We made efforts to maximize the pace, staff and equipment to develop our project, as we are well aware of the need to keep it going, to extend and expand the research, in the hope that women's involvement will become more active in various fields. Without sponsorship and with a lot of perseverance, we have been doing an interactive and complete digital mapping of the actions of countless instances and projects in the city:

CULTURAL ATTITUDE/accontability - detailed records of research/actions developed as shown in this various cultural actions: New Yar Celebration and Cultural HolidaysCultural Holy Week/Street Carpet/Flower, Carnival of old timesProject Being Noble is having identityDocumentaries:

We have tried to compile several intrinsic interests of a historical city full of cultural and natural richness as well as conflicts concerning heritage issues and its preservation such as urban escapescommerce, private and collective interests, which it always poses great challenges. We have many local examples of both real and virtual actions that somehow involve schools, communities, institutionsthe mediacounsels, the universities, e.g.: the MAS-Museum of Sacred Art Project: cultural activities, the work provided by Virtual Era, which develops Multimedia Systems and virtual visits to museums, video snippets such as the development of pewter in São João del-Rei, the History of Tin Art in São João del-Rei, digital media such as Tencões e TerentenasOld São João del-Rei - and the network Tomorrow's Forum, situated in Tiradentes, that provides a range of actions and archives to that matter. Documentary Exhibitions of the National Digital LibraryBNDB-National Digital Library of BrazilBrazilian Network of Digital Preservation Services-CARINIANAAbong - Brazilian Association of NGOsICOMOS BrazilMuseum of the PersonRETS-Electronic Magazine of the Third SectorColab Startup of collaborative management, RedeGov.brInternational TransparencyWHO-World Health OrganizationCIF ILO-International Labor OrganizationEuropeana.eu. Europe's cultural and scientific portalGlobal CitizenDatapediaWorld Digital LibraryUnited Nations Expert Committee on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM)WWFUNESCO Memory of the World Program, World Social Forum, Learning Passport - UNICEF, Wikipedia, ISOIDH Global, Google, Microsoft/Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation15-20 minute CitiesSmart Cities. Cambridge University contributing to a quality and continuing educational process, Nações Unidas: Lançando a década de ação em 2020 on 75th Nações Unidas and on 5th Anniversary of 17 Objetivos de Sustentabilidade: Which inter-sectorial efforts are required to fulfill the decade of action and ensure that the Global Goals are achieved by 2030? Reference portals and networks that solidify the need of a digital world and its ad infinitum potential. A lot of work, generosity and hope.

Memory, Identity and Human Rights
A TICs-Information Technology and Communication allows us to synchronize data and speed up research more efficiently as well as go public about servicesresearches and catalogscampaigns, indexes, criteria and regulations. This alone facilitates diagnoses, evaluation parameters which may favor public consultations, capacitating courses and workshops, social inclusion, organizations interactions, collaborative economy, data integration, systems and profiles, follow-up platforms and accountability. Obviously, there factors that directly affect the development of urban practices and increase human misery: costs, economic and social losses due to lack of planning, wrong or false information, broken or lost data, analog researches and studies, actions that do not observe sustainability, continuation, interactive and historical records that neither have been properly publicized nor developed. Such a thing needs to be approached and better contextualized in a way that exchange of knowledge is more consistently achieved and accessible so that the network experience is maximized and locally/internationally legitimized. By doing our part in the development of an integrated Technological Social Network we allow ourselves to notice how beneficial these attitudes can be in order to collect/Record, raise funds, follow criteria/parameters and sustainable actions under democratic terms. Recently, the Transparência Brasil has launched a policy paper with recommendations to guarantee governance and transparency concerning the use AI by the government. Many initiatives have trying to unify and complement each other by following guidelines and cooperative actions to justify their own existence and face the challenge of breaking the violations that history and nations have been suffering in terms of mankind principles. There are joint efforts for a better world recorded in reapplicable initiatives that can be found in Declarations and Patrimonial Letters, such as the United Nations Charter.

Emancipation. It is vital that synergistic actions are implemented so that a local/global cooperative political consensus is achieved in order to maximize initiatives, improve security, recognize publishing advances and protect fragile and vulnerable conditions of human legacy. We still have big gaps concerning Humanity Heritage such as all nature architectonic arts, migrations, poverty, domestic, urban and environmental violence. Also, natural disasters like floods, landslides, pandemics, fires (Museu Nacional in 2018) that cause irreparable damage to communities’ memories, data, documents, heritage, the environment and the kind, most of which victims to negligent parties, setbacks, dismantling, waste of resources, big errors and inadequate, inconsistent policies .
Unfortunately, local governments fail to observe the dimension of the heritage built and the urban scenery face risks of demolitions, constructions and restorations that do not follow a certain criteria, affecting their identity, erasing past references, memories and lessons.

The necessary structure of protection policy must be extended in the investment of preservation and protection of digital records. A bill of law may end it in a split second and more often than not we realize that data have been removed from portals as an excuse of ‘site update’ by authorities who are less sensitive to heritage evidence as well as to the path followed to achieve this legacy. Our portal is not provided with several links due to the reasons mentioned above. The so-called updating process has cause damage in the sense that one click my delete decades of research, studies and records preventing the world from discoveries, revelations and benefits. If a functional network is not available, such data may get lost, incinerated or trashed as their authors pass away. When such online network is available, one may access it and incorporate records to their own lives.

Our City: São João del-Rei
"City of Music", The Brazilian Capital of Culture 2007built up its architectural and cultural heritage due to the work of masters and citizens, consolidating its historical-cultural importance in the country. We have traditional institutions and social groups that develop valuable projects and spread our vast and rich heritage. In our historical São João del-Rei we have really important records and documents that belong to other institutions - Minas Gerais Public ArchiveNational Archives, National Library and cities like Ouro Preto, Mariana etc. We have already been denied access to documents or sections of newspapers and the kind as describe in this case: São João del-Rei want to retrieve baptism book from Tiradentes. Documents of this nature should be digitalized and shared with the rightful institutions whose main aim is to enrich their local data bank especially with archives that can be used by the local community, researchers and students. We understand that hard-copies are difficult to make available to general public, yet digital records are one big step towards this end. The connections and links may be an answer to credible references, a solid base for data collection of institutions, the ever-growing co-construction, protection and benefits pf these records. We have been facing financial issues that remove portals, which might happen to thousands of Data Banks, including our own portal, as we all the Portinari Project, which do not get funded by public policies and run the risk of phasing out.

It is necessary to treasure the work done in terms of registry and publishing in inclusive systems. It is also fundamental that grant more access and visibility to social productions and protagonists like Candido Portinari, son to Italian immigrants who projected the human soul and the identity of Brazil to the world, devoting his sensibility, talent, health to more than 5 thousand works of art. In the last decade of his life, already intoxicated by paint and contrary to his doctors’ orders, he managed to contribute his masterpiece to humankind – War and Peace – exhibited in the UNO signaling possible blessings and guidelines to the world. His only son dedicates his life to develop Portinari Project, the most acclaimed contemporary Brazilian artist, set himself to make public his father’s, 95% of which not known and spread all over world within private collections: digital processing of his works accounts for his paintings, over 30 thousand documents authenticated which resulted in the publication by Raisonné Catalog "Candido Portinari – complete works", first publication of this nature in Latin America.

So profound, interconnected and complex are the universe and the technological network potential under the Gaia concept that Planet Earth has an integrated organism which is amplified in all fields of knowledge and perception of life. It is necessary to ensure the consolidation of social development by promoting seminars, conferences, meetings and manifestations so as to show social and scientific as well as single initiatives that may compromise their effective implementations.

Issues such as assertive, non-standardized or established publications may impair a broader and more complete access. The universe plastic arts, museums, films, theaters, events, concerts face difficulties in publicizing or selling their products and services. A more coordinated proposal of technology use may assist such movements by making their services, agendas and programs available with a knock-on benefit of selling tickets, products and the kind. There is usually little f2f attendance while there is an awful lot of quality artistic manifestations concerning education, concerts, festivals and seminars. To make matters worse, we face impediments of different natures that minimize the spread and commerce of unique local products. The pandemic has certainly opened and accelerated virtual windows and doors and helped establish a vast menu of sociocultural activities and collaborative economy. 

We need to ensure that the actions are not only economic-oriented, but mainly as a collective interest. Like a chain reaction, the Data Bank, a magical democratic tool of data collection, may pave the way to more coherent, effective and efficient developments of public policies. The need for communication lead men to create language and culture. This can be applicable to ITC on the grounds the need for records on humankind evolution and construction should be made so as to integrate and establish connections among communities under local/global guidelines, Agenda 2030 acting locally, thinking globally. It is vital to have an international cooperative attitude to speed up sustainable development in countries, internal policies and actions in order to feed education, increase capacitation and awareness, create and maintain mechanisms of international cooperation and increase the capacity of strengthening juridic mechanisms to mediate ideal governance and conflicts.

One cannot expect governments without solid basis or structure, generally unprepared and lacking responsibility to contribute to ethical practices within a disconnected system. Nor can we sit and watch Don Quixote keep on fighting to win a battle against totalitarian, corrupt and fragile governments that do not bear in mind economic-social-environmental and cultural equality spread all over the world. On the other hand, we respect and recognize the power of patrons, governments, institutions and companies that have a serious and committed approach to facilitate our daily lives, a fact which make it possible for worldwide communities to have their own free Data Bank that can help organize their history synchronously and their best practices in a more efficient and consolidated way.

As we only have a support group, we hope to have partnerships interested in supporting and reapplying the project that can be enhanced by technological advances and the attitudes of the people who built and build our cities. Since data collection is solidly stored, classified using a universal methodology, such references will allow for a more unified global village using a unified technological language to establish discussions, dialogues and communications as a whole. In this era of Information Technology and Social Development, participation and transparency are of paramount importance.

"...it is possible to build forms of innovative social organizations based on democratic, inclusion and emancipating principles aiming at sustainability. Thus, organizations, people and groups from local to global may join their talents, vocations and resources towards a common objective in order to strengthen our actions"
Networks, an introduction to the dynamics of connectivity and self-organization 2003 . WWF

Alzira Agostini Haddad . Founder and manager of the portal / general coordination
Atitude Cultural Projetos e Responsabilidade Social

All the actions on this portal are registered by collaborators, supporters, sponsors and partners.
Support Team and Internship:
Ana Cristina Ferreira, Hugo Agostini Haddad, Isa Agostini Haddad, Eliane A. Monteiro, Carol Argamim Gouvêa, Ligia A. Silveira, Elis A. Monteiro, Anna Júlia Silveira, Monique da Silva, Andressa Ferreira Pinto.Special thanks to: Walquíria Domingues
Database Technical Crew: Bernardo Barreto Berg . dbWebhost . Sinoweb
Thanks to: Wander Pastorini Haddad, Leonardo Barci Castriota (UFMG), Antônio Emílio da Costa, Mauro André Santos, Paulo Cabral, Andrea Neves, Valéria Cordeiro.
This project was supported by Governo do Estado de Minas Gerais via Governor Aécio Neves, using resources from Embratur. The project image bank Banco de Imagens was supported by Congressman Deputado Federal Reginaldo Lopes, who provided resources via Ministério do Turismo and CEF- Caixa Econômica Federal.

We would like to thank all the parts who have directly and indirectly contributed to this project: family, friends, team members, collaborators, partners, sponsors, supporters, Minas Gerais State Government and everyone who is involved in preserving our natural, social, artistic, architectural and cultural heritage in Minas Gerais State.

Yes we can! Agenda 2030 . Alzira AH
The family we dream of is the family we can build.
The street we dream of is the street we can build.
The city we dream of is the city we can build.
The country we dream of is the country we can build.
The world we dream of is the world we can build.

Translation: Adriano Zanetti

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