The Jair Bolsonaro government promises to restore access to research systems, which are currently inoperative, next Monday (2). The Lattes and Carlos Chagas platforms have been down since last Friday (23) due to a failure in the technology area.
The two systems are the responsibility of the CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development), responsible for promoting research in the country. The agency is linked to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation.
According to CNPq, the transfer of data backup from the Lattes platform to a new server has already been completed. The agency guarantees the integrity of all information.
“The restoration of the equipment that presented problems for the operationalization of the applications is in progress. The perspective is for the return to operation on Monday morning, with the reestablishment of access to the CNPq systems”, says a note from the council.
The systems blackout was caused by the burning of a device in equipment that has the function of controlling the servers where the platforms are hosted. This occurred during data migration to a new server. The president of the CNPq, Evaldo Vilela, ruled out the action of a hacker.
In an email obtained by the report, a CNPq official reported, on Monday (26), that the council’s main server had been reached and that the equipment would be out of warranty and without a maintenance contract. This would prevent an immediate repair and would bring the need to hire an outside company.
Questioned by Folha, CNPq and the Ministry of Science did not respond about the operation without warranty and maintenance.
Lattes is a database with all researchers’ résumés, and actions such as the approval of grants depend on consulting the platform. On the other hand, Carlos Chagas is responsible for operating public calls and notices to promote research, management and payment of grants.
About 84 thousand researchers are financed with resources from the CNPq. But other research bodies also carry out operations anchored on Lattes.
The deadlines for actions such as the submission of proposals, rendering of accounts and the validity of scholarships are suspended and will be extended. New dates will be announced as soon as the systems are restored, says the CNPq.
Officials point to the failure as a reflection of the budget drop experienced by the CNPq. This was rejected by the president of the CNPq.
In 2021, the agency has the lowest budget since at least 2012, even in nominal values. The agency’s updated allocation for the year is R$1.2 billion – between 2013 and 2015, for example, the executed budget exceeded R$2 billion.