The site has been open to the public for 12 hours and in that time has logged 125411 hits, but due to the nature of the design, asking for an HTML page can generate several secondary requests to the site for data from the server itself, so that number should probably be divided by 5 or 10. Yes, we use our own public data sources to build the HTML pages, not a ‘back channel’ to the data. Keeps us honest, and able to catch issues quickly.
We’ve had hits from about 1300 distinct IP addresses since noon.
At 5:30 we had a meet up of some of those who’ve been involved in some way. We had some rather nice champagne, kindly given to us to congratulate us by Chris Phillips at IBM. In true engineering style we drank it from coffee mugs, which is almost exactly the same way we celebrated the release of EPrints 2.0 almost a decade ago.