New European online library re-opens after crashing
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Date posted: 24/12/2008
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The European Union's new Europeana digital library reopened on Tuesday after crashing within hours of its launch last month due to surging interest.

European Commission spokesman Martin Selmayr said the website was working after its server capacity had been quadrupled and it had been stress-tested to deal with user interest.

However, a message on the site said that "the user experience may not be optimal in this test phase" and as a result "the number of users will be limited in peak times."

The online collection of Europe's cultural heritage was launched on November 21 to great fanfare but was swamped by an unexpected 10 million user hits per hour, swiftly bringing the system to a crashing halt.

"At the moment things are going very smoothly. The commission will monitor (the situation) along with the Europeana team," Selmayr said.

"We expect that in the course of February we will be able to add new material to Europeana to make it even more interesting than it already is today."

Inspired by ancient Alexandria's attempt to collect the world's knowledge, the Europeana project allows users to access films, paintings, photographs, sound recordings, maps, manuscripts, newspapers, and documents as well as books kept in European libraries.

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