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1901 CENSUS UPDATE FROM PRO SITE

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  • jreakes
    About the 1901 Census website As has been widely reported, overwhelming public interest in the 1901 Census Online service resulted in sustained levels of hits
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 28, 2002
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      About the 1901 Census website
      As has been widely reported, overwhelming public interest in the 1901
      Census Online service resulted in sustained levels of hits which
      exceeded capacity by a factor of 20 during the first days of
      operations. Based on carefully benchmarked market research of similar
      genealogical sites, the site was actually specified to be able to cope
      with a sustained 1 million visitors a day, with a peak of 1.2 million
      averaged over 24 hours. Behind the 1901 Census website front end
      web-servers is a very large searchable database and eCommerce elements
      which, given time and cost, could be scaled up to meet the
      exceptionally high levels of demand seen during the first days of
      operation. The PRO and QinetiQ are keen to enhance the site, but will
      not be able to increase capacity so dramatically as to cope with the
      levels of demand seen before. The investment required would be
      prohibitive and would result in unreasonable charges to the public for
      the paid services.

      The following enhancements are being made to Census Online:

      Increased ISP bandwidth
      Additional firewalls within the ISP, both to protect the 1901 site and
      also to avoid impact on other sites hosted by the ISP
      Improved handling of traffic to divert overloads.
      Additional database server to enable more concurrent searches
      Having reviewed the work required to implement the enhancements to the
      site, PRO and QinetiQ have agreed to wait until all the work has been
      completed in full before re-opening access to the databases. All this
      takes time, but we are working hard to bring the site up in a
      controlled manner over the next couple of weeks. This will mean that
      many users will not be able to access the site immediately the
      technical changes are in place. Even with these improvements, the site
      will not be able to service the levels of demand encountered on the
      first few days, and we ask users to continue to be patient. What we
      are most keen to ensure is that those users who access the site and
      are engaged in paid sessions are able to conclude their research.

      Meanwhile, in addition to electronic access at PRO Kew; at the FRC and
      at a number of other Service Centres, 1901 Census microform services
      continue to be available at PRO Kew and local record offices and
      public libraries across the country. The PRO website www.pro.gov.uk
      will provide details of Service Centres as they become available.

      We understand the frustration and disappointment experienced by many
      users and are resolved to provide normal services as soon as possible.
      We are grateful for the patience you have already shown.





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