About Us

ObCOM defines itself as an observatory on the communication of public policies developed by the 21 inter-municipal communities spread across mainland Portugal. It provides a non-profit service that aims to play an important role in terms of documentation and information, by collecting, systematizing and critically reflecting on the quality and effectiveness of the communication of public policies to the population in the different regions of the country.

The Intermunicipal Public Communication Observatory (ObCOM) is a project coordinated by LabCom - a communication research center based at the Faculty of Arts and Letters of the University of Beira Interior (UBI), Covilhã, and funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).


Gather relevant and up-to-date information on public communication in the different intermunicipal communities

Stimulating and facilitating the work of people researching or working in this area, particularly in the field of communication with the media and stakeholders

Building networks of interaction with national and international entities, with concerns centered on the quality of public communication

Providing services to third parties in the field of training, consultancy, studies and opinions

Take a public position on matters of public interest related to the quality of communication in the public interest of intermunicipal communities