In 1991, researchers in a University of Cambridge computer laboratory searched for a solution to a very practical question—was there coffee in the Trojan Room, which housed the only coffee pot in the building? They pointed a video camera at the pot, wired it to their network, and created the world’s first Web camera or webcam.
On May 16, 2003, Boston College launched its first two webcams, offering views of the Gasson Quadrangle and O’Neill Plaza. Within four days, the webcams recorded 4,350 visits. Since then, these two cameras, along with four others that have been added since, are typically viewed more than 100,00 times a month.
On February 15, 2005, Boston College launched three new webcams that offer a broad view of campus life. The cameras feature a view of Shea Field and the Boston skyline, the Lower Live dining hall in Corcoran Commons, and the Campus Green, Boston College’s most trafficked plot of ground, commonly as the Dustbowl.
In 2007, Boston College added a new webcam to the top of Yawkey Athletics Center that offers views of Higgins Stairs and 21 Campanella Way.