One Day Old Website Europeana Crashes

Europeana, a Web site of two million documents, images, video and audio clips, opened yesterday with international publicity and acclaim from researchers. LISNews report is here.

And today, it crashed.

A message on the Europeana website reads: "The Europeana site is temporarily not accessible due to overwhelming interest after its launch.

"We are doing our utmost to reopen Europeana in a more robust version as soon as possible. We will be back by mid-December," it added.

"We launched the European.eu site on 20 November and huge use, 10 million hits an hour, meant it crashed."

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Hmm

Either they've got rainbow-colored slag or they're having trouble coaxing their database back-end out of catatonia.

This is an interesting project. I doubt they were ready to be slammed. The systems failure almost mimics a Twitter-style failure perhaps.
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