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This page provides an overview of 13 articles related to 'software', listing most recently updated content first. Note that filters may be applied to display a sub-set of articles in this category (see FAQs on filtering for usage tips). Select this link to remove all filters.

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Computer software, or just software, is a collection of computer programs and related data that provide the instructions telling a computer what to do and how to do it. We can also say software refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of the computer for some purposes. In other words software is a set of programs, procedures, algorithms and its documentation. Program software performs the function of the program it implements, either by directly providing instructions to the computer hardware or by serving as input to another piece of software. The term was coined to contrast to the old term hardware (meaning physical devices). In contrast to hardware, software is intangible, meaning it "cannot be touched" (Excerpt from Wikipedia article: Software)

Key statistics

Metadata related to 'software' (as derived from all content tagged with this term):

  • Number of articles referring to 'software': 888 (50.9% of published articles)
  • Total references to 'software' across all Ariadne articles: 3558
  • Average number of references to 'software' per Ariadne article: 4.01
  • Earliest Ariadne article referring to 'software': 1996-01
  • Trending factor of 'software': 2.7 (see FAQs on monitoring of trends)

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Top authors

Ariadne contributors most frequently referring to 'software':

  1. brian kelly (see articles on this topic by this author)
  2. emma tonkin (see articles on this topic by this author)
  3. randy metcalfe (see articles on this topic by this author)
  4. paul walk (see articles on this topic by this author)
  5. jon knight (see articles on this topic by this author)

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Title Article summary Date

Editorial Introduction to Issue 42: Less Could Mean More

Richard Waller provides an editorial introduction to Ariadne issue 42.

January 2005, issue42, editorial

Advanced Collaboration With the Access Grid

Michael Daw describes the Access Grid system and its claim to be an Advanced Collaboration Environment.

January 2005, issue42, feature article

Software Choice: Decision-making in a Mixed Economy

Randy Metcalfe considers the role of free and open source software in UK Further and Higher Education.

January 2005, issue42, feature article

The National Centre for Text Mining: Aims and Objectives

Sophia Ananiadou, Julia Chruszcz, John Keane, John McNaught and Paul Watry describe NaCTeM's plans to provide text mining services for UK academics.

January 2005, issue42, feature article

Making the Case for a Wiki

Emma Tonkin examines wikis and considers the feasibility of their deployment - and the danger of the 'tumbleweed' syndrome.

January 2005, issue42, feature article

Planet-SOSIG

Humphrey Southall looks at a new Web site's Vision of Britain while Emma Place examines new changes to the RDN Virtual Training Suite.

January 2005, issue42, regular column

Looking for a Google Box?

Sebastian Rahtz gives us his evaluation of the Google Search Appliance.

January 2005, issue42, tooled up

Web Focus: Experiences of Using a Wiki for Note-taking at a Workshop

Brian Kelly describes how the Wikalong Wiki tool was used to support note-taking at a workshop.

January 2005, issue42, tooled up

Shibboleth Installation Workshop

James Sankar and Masha Garibyan report on the first ever Shibboleth Installation Workshop in the UK.

January 2005, issue42, event report

Hyper Clumps, Mini Clumps and National Catalogues: Resource Discovery for the 21st Century

John Gilby reports on a one-day conference about resource discovery, held at the British Library Conference Centre, London in November.

January 2005, issue42, event report

Tap Into Bath Takes Off

Stephanie Round covers the launch of a small but promising collaborative effort.

January 2005, issue42, event report

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

January 2005, issue42, news and events

Book Review: Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing

Mike Fraser asks whether a recent book on open source software licences will help him answer a few questions.

January 2005, issue42, review

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