Some time ago I blogged about Europeana, arguing that the worrying argument was NOT that is crashed, but that it needed 3 weeks to be up again – promised in mid december.
Today I checked the website, and guess what – now it says “beginning 2009”.
All this in an age when we attack twitter for being a few hours down. When startups can overcome barriers to entry thanks to cheap, simple and elastic storage services.

Crashing was bad. Three weeks to be back was worse. But not meeting that deadline and pushing it back to a vague “beginning 2009” really makes you think:

Can government ever run similar large-scale web-based initiatives?

I suppose Andrea di Maio will make good use of Europeana in his “no-government scenarios”


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