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Europeana down
21.11.2008 at 13:42:35
 
Europeana crashed due to too much interest, and will, hopefully, return in a more robust version sometime in the future:
 
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Popularity brings the site down

We launched the European.eu site on 20 November and huge use - 10 million hits an hour - meant it crashed. We are doing our best to reopen Europeana.eu in a more robust version.

 
(This morning I still got a "service unavailable" message ... .)
 
Well, one can say that it crashed due to more interest in the site than expected. On the other hand: Not going for a big bang, a big launch event, but instead introducing users group by group, community by community to something which you provide on the web is a way to experiment, to gauge your need for hardware resources, to examine the suitability of the software used, etc..  
 
So we have several options to explain the crash:
  • unforeseeable popularity?
  • insufficient hardware?
  • unsuitable software?
  • a certain tendency to value instant publicity over professional caution?
  • perhaps even making political decisions without or even against the advice of technical experts?

 
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Re: Europeana down
Reply #1 - 12.12.2008 at 11:45:28
 
For more official information see http://dev.europeana.eu/press_releases.php .
 
http://log.netbib.de/archives/2008/12/12/gute-nachrichten-von-europeana/ pointed me to the information that Europeana plan to reopen in January 2009: see http://www.europeana.eu/ (which, at least in its present (2008-12-12-, 11:41h GMT+1) state (i.e.: the one with a date of last modified 2008-12-08, 14:47:42) state has the following text: Quote:
The Europeana site is temporarily not accessible due to overwhelming interest after its launch (10 million hits per hour).

We are doing our utmost to reopen Europeana in a more robust version as soon as possible.

We will be operational again in the course of January.

For a preview on Europeana and further information.


Aufgrund des überwältigenden Interesses nach ihrem Launch ist die Europeana-Webseite vorübergehend nicht zugänglich (10 Mio. Aufrufe pro Stunde).

Wir tun unser Möglichstes, die Leistung zu steigern und Europeana wieder zugänglich zu machen.

Wir werden im Januar wieder verfügbar sein.

Hier finden Sie eine Vorschau auf Europeana und weitere Informationen.


Le site Europeana est momentanément inaccessible du fait de l'intérêt immense qu'il a suscité lors de son lancement (10 millions de hits par heure).

Nous faisons tout notre possible pour rouvrir au plus vite Europeana sur une base plus robuste.

Le site sera de nouveau opérationnel dans le courant du mois de janvier 2009.

Pour une démonstration d'Europeana et plus d'information.
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The "further information", "weitere Informationen", "plus d'information" bits in the original version of the text quoted above link to http://dev.europeana.eu/ .
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Reply #2 - 16.12.2008 at 08:59:52
 
According to http://newsticker.sueddeutsche.de/list/id/332977 (citing dpa) there are plans to reopen already this week. We'll see.
The text mentions a quadruplication of the Europeana's computing powers (or something like that ...  Smiley ... ).
 


 
Found thanks to http://infobib.de/blog/2008/12/15/europeana-soll-wieder-offnen/ .
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Reply #3 - 18.12.2008 at 18:08:15
 
At http://www.europeana.eu/portal/ you can read right now:
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Europeana is testing newly configured hardware. The site is therefore open for you to use but the user experience may not be optimal in this test phase e.g.: the number of users will be limited in peak times.

 


 
Found thanks to http://www.ub.uni-dortmund.de/listen/inetbib/msg37901.html .
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Reply #4 - 07.01.2009 at 10:30:08
 
On 2008-12-25 Klaus Graf was still unhappy with Europeana: see http://archiv.twoday.net/stories/5408161/ for his critical report.
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Europeana job adds
Reply #5 - 17.02.2009 at 09:48:27
 
If you want to work for Europeana: now there are several job adds of theirs at http://www.theeuropeanlibrary.org/portal/organisation/footer/jobscareers_en.html . Their deadline for applications is 2009-02-27.
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