A new online portal, which brings together all the cultural assets registered by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (Iphan), is available for consultation on the internet. The initiative is the result of a partnership with the Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology (Ibict) and provides access to information on each of the intangible assets registered as Cultural Heritage in Brazil. The total investment made by Iphan was R$ 413,750. On the online platform, the user can explore the assets through the registry books, navigate through an interactive map and, if you prefer, learn about the intangible heritage of Brazil by federal unit, separately. The site also provides media, description, scope of registration, partner institutions, technical opinions and all documentation related to the cultural property. According to the director of Iphan’s Intangible Heritage Department, Deyvesson Gusmão, the site is the first delivery to the general public of a larger project made possible by the partnership. “We are developing studies to improve the efficiency of the organization of documentary collections related to inventories, cultural mapping, registered assets, as well as promoting the dissemination and access to this collection”, said the director. According to Ibict’s director, Cecília Leite, the partnership with Iphan is very important, as it meets the institute’s mission of improving the informational infrastructure for the development of the country. “For those of us who work with information and its organization, preservation and dissemination, the initiative is an integral part of our work, as well as the creation of the repository, which will enable the world to know the cultural, intangible assets registered in our Heritage. Cultural Brasileiro”, said the director, in a note. The initiative meets the guidelines of Decree No. 3,551, of August 4, 2000, which institutes the Registry of Cultural Assets of an Intangible Nature that constitute Brazilian Cultural Heritage. According to the regulation, it is up to the Ministry of Culture to ensure the documentation on registered cultural assets, by all admitted technical means, and Iphan is responsible for maintaining a database with the material produced during the instruction of processes, in addition to providing wide dissemination and promotion to these documents. Registered Cultural Assets Registered assets are intangible cultural assets formally recognized as Cultural Heritage of Brazil. These goods are characterized by practices and domains of social life appropriated by individuals and social groups as important elements of their identity. They are transmitted from generation to generation and are constantly recreated by communities and groups based on their environment, their interaction with nature and their history, generating a sense of identity and continuity. They thus contribute to promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity. Some examples of intangible cultural assets are capoeira, acarajé, repente, cordel, samba de roda and carimbó.
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