Feeds

1901 Census site still down after six months

Qinuseless

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

The farce surrounding the UK's 1901 Census site hit a new milestone this week - it's six months since the site was launch and it still doesn't work.

So far the Public Record Office (PRO) has spent £1.2 million of public money on the site but won't commit to say when it will be up and running.

When it was launched at the beginning of January it was the first time that the census for England and Wales had been made available online.

The flagship project was supposed to give people access to information of some 32 million people who lived in the UK a hundred years ago.

But within hours of its launch the site encountered problems denying people access to historical information. At the time, this was described as "teething troubles".

Six months on and the site is still down.

The technical outfit behind the site, Qinetiq - the new "science and technology powerhouse formed from the...British Government's elite defence research and development organisation" - is continuing to carry out testing and improvements.

According to a spokesman, Qinetiq has completed its testing of the site and is happy with its performance.

However, the site is now undergoing tests by the PRO which will not give the green light for the re-launch unless convinced it will work.

And since the PRO has not given its go-ahead it seems that the PRO is not wholly satisfied that the site will work.

A statement on PRO Web site reads: "The PRO apologises for how long the testing has been taking. We are aware that six months have passed since 1901 Census Online was first launched. Both the PRO and Qinetiq Ltd, who are responsible for the technical aspects of the service, are testing the system. The nature of testing is such that it throws up issues that need to be addressed, and on occasion requires tests to be re-done. The primary objective is to ensure that the Web site is sufficiently robust, so that our customers can have a satisfactory experience when they use it.

"This has meant that we cannot give precise dates for the return of the service and we do not want to raise expectations by giving deadlines that are not met. We are aware that this has caused much frustration to our customers, frustration which we share, and for which we apologise," it said. ®

Related Stories

1901 Census farce runs and runs
UK census site stays shut
Census site stays offline
Census site shuts for a week
1901 Census site closed for urgent repairs
Brits flock to1901 census site

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
The hidden costs of self-signed SSL certificates
Exploring the true TCO for self-signed SSL certificates, including a side-by-side comparison of a self-signed architecture versus working with a third-party SSL vendor.