Monday, December 1, 2008

Europeana Digital Library Opens And Then Closes Again

Well, I took a few days off for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Thursday was spent with family and eating way too much food. Friday was spent hitting all of the deals during Black Friday. For those of you who have not happened to go shopping on Black Friday it is an experience. We slept in this year and hit the stores at 8:00 am instead of the usual 5:00 am but we still found some incredible deals. Saturday was spent cleaning the house trying to find room for the tree and the items that we bought on Friday. Sunday was spent at church and choir practice getting ready for the Christmas program. But now I am ready to get back into the blogging again and boy do I have a great website to talk about today (even though it is currently crashed).

The Europeana Digital Library is an online depository for over 2 million digital objects, including film, photos, paintings, sounds, maps, manuscripts, books, newspapers and archival papers collected by the various European Union member countries. This project was started in 2007 and opened its web database on November 20, 2008. However, the site is currently down due to overwhelming traffic. The site was originally designed to handle 5 million hits per hour but on opening day it received approximately 10 million hits per hour. They expect to have the site back up and running by early 2009. Once the site has added the upgrades necessary to handle the traffic you will be able to visit it at The site will be in several languages, including English, French and German. For those that are interested in seeing what the site will have available, you can visit their development site at Once the site is up and functioning it should be a great source for historical information in Europe.

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