The port of Valencia has joined forces with Microsoft and ENCAMINA to develop PUBLICARME, a new digital tool to explore the historical archives of the port. This new platform includes more than 10 000 historical documents from the mid-19th century until the 1940s. PUBLICARME uses artificial intelligence to read the text from the documents and improve the research process. Additionally, the platform also establishes connection between the content of the document, speeding up potential investigations. The digital copies will be stored in a cloud system, guaranteeing the safety of their content beyond the paper’s integrity. PUBLICARME recently received the @asLan award for digital transformation. Port archives are cultural resource yet to be explored in most port cities. The port of Dublin (Ireland) has also invested in disclosing its archives and is planning a new facility. Lisbon, in Portugal, inaugurated last year a new building with the archives of its port and Setubal, in Barreiro. These initiatives facilitate the contacts of local citizens with port culture.
School visits and cultural events remain one of the main activities to bring younger generations to the port. In the case of Setubal (Portugal), the School Project of the port authority brought more than 750 students in 2019 from schools all over the country. The port of Tarragona (Spain) is intensifying the its cultural program with the occasion of its 150th anniversary including visits and the refurbishment of the port museum. On February 28th was the main institutional event, gathering 800 persons from the port community, companies, region, municipality, but also the neighbours. Last year, was the turn of the port of Barcelona and Trieste to celebrate the 150th and 300th anniversary, respectively, also with an intense cultural program for the citizens.
Measuring 209 m, “Dock 10” will be the biggest covered floating dock in Europe. Its walls and roof will be mostly transparent, allowing members of the public to see the repair work being carried out on ships docked there. The roof will enable workers to carry on with their work regardless of the weather conditions, while noise and exhaust gases should also be reduced.
The port city of Rijeka will be one of the European Capitals of Culture in 2020. The title of the program “Port of Diversity” already indicates the connection between the city and its harbour and port culture. Water, work and migration will be the three key vectors for a rich cultural program. A broad network of actors will work together with the municipality to offer concerts, films, theatre and exhibitions along the year. Besides the cultural offer, the project also includes investments in refurbishing industrial heritage buildings to house new cultural facilities such as the new City Museum, the City Library and the Children’s house. The municipality is also cooperating with the Port authority in several projects, including the refurbishment of the Exportdrvo building, a former warehouse that will host several exhibitions. The official opening of European Capital of Culture will be on February 1st in the port, with the Opera Industriale, paying tribute to workers and traditions that have made Rijeka the proud port city of today. This initiative shows the immense value of port city culture and how it can be a vehicle to bring different actors together.