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The European Commission announced, on 23 December 2008, that the European digital library Europeana is up and running again but that it would only be possible to access it in a test mode for the time being. The library had been offline for maintenance work for three weeks. Internet users came in their droves (ten million hits per hour) to access the European portal on its 20 November launch day. The website is to give free access to some two million works (taken from libraries, museums and national archives). "Europeana works again," and the capacity of its servers has been "quadrupled," said the spokesperson of EU Information Society Commissioner Viviane Reding. The reopening was brought forward by a few weeks, with the EU executive having initially planned for it to take...

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