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Popularity brings site down

File this under “lessons learned.” The European Union’s new Europeana digital library, which was launched on November 20, had to be taken offine because the heavy demand by users — 10 million hits an hour — overwhelmed the servers.

The home page of “Europeana” today says, “Popularity brings the site down….We are doing our best to reopen Europeana.eu in a more robust version.”

A story in the Christian Science Monitor (Everybody loves the digital library – maybe too much, by Marjorie Kehe, 12.09.08) says the site “had to be shut down within hours when powerful user demand swamped its system” and describes the digital library this way:

The online collection of Europe’s cultural heritage was launched on November 21. Europeana will allow users anywhere to access books kept in European libraries as well as films, paintings, photographs, sound recordings, maps, manuscripts, newspapers, and documents.

The event reminds me of the problem the House had recently (Scaling house.gov).

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