The PORDATA Contemporary Portugal Database reflects the main priority for the first years of the Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation. The Foundation intends to devote an important part of its resources and efforts to the collection, organisation and dissemination of information about Portugal and the Portuguese.
According to the Foundation’s statutes, its “Statement of Principles” and the wishes of its founder, it believes that the progress of societies depends very much on the participation of their citizens and the public debate of all the issues which affect and interest them.
The Foundation recognizes that participation and debate are conditioned by knowledge of the facts and possession of relevant information and that creative public debate can only really take place when there are no obstacles among free people with informed opinions.
PORDATA is the first contribution of the FFMS to that public debate. Responsibility for the project has been entrusted to Maria João Valente Rosa and the information published on the database will be from all official and certified sources.
The Foundation will collect and organise the available information, making it as clear and accessible as possible. It will be available in its entirety at no cost to the user. All criticism, corrections and suggestions are very welcome.
Chairman of the Board of Directors
from Frebruary 2009 to April 2014