Tony Finch - Cambridge college domain names

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Cambridge college domain names

My friend Janet recently posted an article about the peculiarities of Oxford college domain names. Cambridge has a similar amount of semi-random hysterical raisin difference between its college domain names, so I thought I would enumerate them in a similar way to Janet.

Like Oxford, we have two kinds of colleges, but our kinds are different. We have colleges of the University and colleges in the Cambridge theological federation. The latter are not formally part of the University in the way that the other colleges are, but they are closely affiliated with the University Faculty of Divinity, and the University Computing Service is their ISP. There are also a number of non-collegiate institutions in the theological federation. I've included MBIT in the stats because it's interesting even though it's very borderline - a semi-college, let's say.

The Computing Service's governing syndicate allows colleges (and University departments) to have long domain names if their abbreviated version is considered by them to be too ugly. It's surprising how few of them have taken this up.

The following summary numbers count a few colleges more than once, if they have more than one domain name, or if they are a hall, etc. University colleges: 31; Theological colleges: 4.5; Straightforward (by Janet's criteria): 15.5; Initials: 0.5; First three letters: 7; First four letters: 5; Middle three letters: 2; Some other abbreviation: 5; Long + short: 3: Halls with hall: 3; Halls without hall: 2.

It is perhaps amusing to observe where the Oxbridge colleges with similar names differ in their domain labels in either place - see my next article. I have previously written about colleges with more-or-less similar names in Oxford and Cambridge, in which I list many of the less obvious formal expansions of the colleges' common names.

So, the Colleges of the University of Cambridge (and their domain names):

Christ's College
http://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/
Churchill College
http://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/
Clare College
http://www.clare.cam.ac.uk/
Clare Hall
http://www.clarehall.cam.ac.uk/
Corpus Christi College
http://www.corpus.cam.ac.uk/
Darwin College
http://www.darwin.cam.ac.uk/
http://www.dar.cam.ac.uk/
Downing College
http://www.dow.cam.ac.uk/
Emmanuel College
http://www.emma.cam.ac.uk/
Fitzwilliam College
http://www.fitz.cam.ac.uk/
Girton College
http://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/
Gonville & Caius College
http://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/
Homerton College
http://www.homerton.cam.ac.uk/
Hughes Hall
http://www.hughes.cam.ac.uk/
Jesus College
http://www.jesus.cam.ac.uk/
King's College
http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/
Lucy Cavendish College
http://www.lucy-cav.cam.ac.uk/
Magdalene College
http://www.magd.cam.ac.uk/
Murray Edwards College (formerly known as New Hall)
http://www.murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk/
http://www.newhall.cam.ac.uk/
Newnham College
http://www.newn.cam.ac.uk/
Pembroke College
http://www.pem.cam.ac.uk/
Peterhouse
http://www.pet.cam.ac.uk/
Queens' College
http://www.queens.cam.ac.uk/
http://www.quns.cam.ac.uk/
Robinson College
http://www.robinson.cam.ac.uk/
Selwyn College
http://www.sel.cam.ac.uk/
Sidney Sussex College
http://www.sid.cam.ac.uk/
St Catharine's College
http://www.caths.cam.ac.uk/
St Edmund's College
http://www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/
St John's College
http://www.joh.cam.ac.uk/
Trinity College
http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/
Trinity Hall
http://www.trinhall.cam.ac.uk/
Wolfson College
http://www.wolfson.cam.ac.uk/

And the theological colleges:

Margaret Beaufort Institute for Theology
http://www.margaretbeaufort.cam.ac.uk/
http://www.mbit.cam.ac.uk/
Ridley Hall
http://www.ridley.cam.ac.uk/
Wesley House
http://www.wesley.cam.ac.uk/
Westcott House
http://www.Westcott.cam.ac.uk/
Westminster College
http://www.westminster.cam.ac.uk/

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From:11011110
Date:2013-01-30 00:53 (UTC)
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On the subject of abbreviated versus full names for colleges: I'm sad that hic.haec.hoc ic.ac.uk changed their domain to the more informative but much more boring imperial.ac.uk.
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From:pne
Date:2013-01-30 09:22 (UTC)
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Has it? What a pity.

I remember src.doc.ic.ac.uk, which I always read as "source dock ick ack oock". (And "doc" always reminded me of "documentation" though I believe it stood for "Department of Computing" or the like.)

Edited at 2013-01-30 09:22 (UTC)
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:2013-01-30 09:38 (UTC)

Wrongendian

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It all started when they reversed uk.ac.ic.doc...
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From:livejournal
Date:2013-01-30 08:00 (UTC)

Links I found interesting for 30-01-2013

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User nwhyte referenced to your post from Links I found interesting for 30-01-2013 saying: [...] ) Cambridge college domain names [...]
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From:pne
Date:2013-01-30 09:23 (UTC)
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Also, the fact that your friend Janet wrote about networking amused me due to JAnet (or was it JANet?).
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From:pauamma
Date:2013-01-30 17:07 (UTC)
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That occurred to me as well.
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From:nonameyet
Date:2013-02-07 10:06 (UTC)
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A friend of mine was director of computing services (or some such title) at Aberdeen from about 1979 to 1990; one of his peers was married to a woman called Janet at the time that JAnet was created and it was said that the network was named after her.
Unfortunately I don;t remember any of her husband's details.
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