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Europeana is a search platform to a collection of European digital libraries with digitised paintings, books, films and archives. The project was initiated by the European Commissionmarker.

The prototype contained around two million digital items, all of them already in the public domain. More than 50% of the initial content was supplied from France, 10% from UK, 1.4% from Spain, and 1% from Germany. The project aims to have 10 million works by 2010, when Europeana is due to be fully operational.

The director of the Europeana project is Jill Cousins.

Launch problems

The web site was publicly launched on 20 November 2008 and immediately taken offline due to server overload after unexpectedly high demand. It was then scheduled for reopening by mid-December 2008. According to those who worked on Europeana, the website underestimated the number of hits per hour the site would receive, and did not have the right hardware to balance the load. The site was subsequently relaunched on 22 December 2008 after its bandwidth was quadrupled to cope with this unexpected demand. Interactive features, like My Europeana, reopened in March 2009 as the project moved into the final phase of user-testing.

See also


  1. Europeana eNews, My Europeana Reopens, press release: Wednesday, 25 March 2009.

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