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Internet and web services

Institutional web pages

Departments, colleges and research units are encouraged to either

The Computing Service runs courses on using Falcon (see training information). Guidelines for Web Information Providers have been published by the ISC to give an indication of the responsibilities of information publishers.

For services where the system is maintained by the user, the University web templates are available as a package from the Office of External Affairs and Communications. Falcon is templated with the University house style. A Drupal templated package is also available.

Personal, society & group web pages

Personal, society and group web pages may be published on DS-Web (MCS), which is available to all staff and students.


The Student-run computing facility (SRCF) is a registered University Society that makes computing facilties available to students in the University (see Facilities offered to members include the publishing of web pages, mailing lists with web-based administration, email, free website forwarding (though you don't need to be a member for this) and access to a Linux system so you can experiment to your heart's content. See the web pages for further information and how to join.

College and Department facilities

Many colleges and departments have web servers, some available for members. Some colleges have different web servers for undergraduate and graduate students. Information about facilities should be available through your local Computing Officer.

Own computer

Staff and students who have a computer permanently connected to the University network can potentially run a web server of their own. However there will be Departmental and College guidelines that will dictate whether this is permissible, and lay down the security requirements associated with running a web server. To find out what is permissible, contact your Departmental or College Computing Officer.

Web support

Courses about writing HTML are available from the Computing Service - training information. Queries from people setting up and running servers and web pages locally can be sent by email to

Internet services provided by Information Services

The Computing Service runs the following services for University users:

  • A NAT (Network Address Translation) service for CUDN-wide private IP addresses (host names ending The NAT service enables these systems to have direct access to hosts on the internet.
  • A site-wide search facility can be used to search all official webservers in the University both as a group and individually. Web server managers and information providers can also configure constrained searches of information on a particular server (full details on how to do this are online) or query

Other services are available to institutions, departments and groups. A few of these are also available to groups of users.

Information resources

Staff and students of the university have access both on and off campus to a wide range of electronic information resources including e-journals, online databases, e-books, sound and images. eresources@cambridge provides links to all titles and is the best starting point for discovering what is available in your subject area. For scientists, Science@cambridge provides a virtual library space to help users discover, search across and use science e-resources, generally and within discipline-specific areas. Both eresources@cambridge and science@cambridge are University Library services.

On campus access to electronic resources generally does not require a password. Access off campus is by Raven password, administered by the University Information Services. For further information on off-campus access please consult the advice on the library's web pages.

Last updated: January 2015