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This page provides an overview of 14 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 (51.0% 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': 42.9 (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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Editorial Introduction to Issue 32: The Grid -The Web Twenty Years On?

Philip Hunter with the editorial for Ariadne issue 32.

July 2002, issue32, editorial

The Evolution of an Institutional E-prints Archive at the University of Glasgow

William Nixon with some practical advice based on the Glasgow experience.

July 2002, issue32, feature article

Learning Objects and the Information Environment

Ian Dolphin and Paul Miller discuss the place of Learning Objects in the wider environment of learning.

July 2002, issue32, feature article

Another Piece of Cake?

Anders Ardö, Sigfrid Lundberg and Ann-Sofie Zettergren with an overview of the history of Netlab, now ten years old.

July 2002, issue32, feature article

NetLab's Digital Library Gâteau

Jessica Lindholm reports from the conference "NetLab and friends: Tribute and outlook after 10 years of digital library development". The conference was held in Lund, Sweden 10-12 April 2002.

July 2002, issue32, feature article

First Impressions of Ex Libris's Metalib: Talking about a Revolution?

Nick Lewis outlines key issues in the implementation of a cross-searching portal using Metalib.

July 2002, issue32, feature article

Electronic Theses and Dissertations: A Strategy for the UK

by John MacColl considers a strategy for electronic theses and dissertations in the United Kingdom.

July 2002, issue32, feature article

QA Focus

Marieke Napier on Quality Assurance procedures in the Jisc 5/99 Programme.

July 2002, issue32, feature article

Public Libraries: Building Better Library Services

Penny Garrod on the recently published Audit Commission Report: Building Better Library Services.

July 2002, issue32, regular column

Planet SOSIG

Debra Hiom with a report which covers: the launch of Citizenship Past; a new VTS Tutorial for European Studies; and an update on the SOSIG Portals Project.

July 2002, issue32, regular column

Web Focus: Report On The Sixth Institutional Web Management Workshop

Brian Kelly with a report on the Sixth Institutional International Web Management Workshop held this year at the University of Strathclyde.

July 2002, issue32, tooled up

Internet 2 Spring Member Meeting

John Paschoud reports on an Internet2 meeting, Arlington, Virginia, 6th – 8th May 2002, which discussed Networks, Applications and Middleware.

July 2002, issue32, event report

The Information Grid

Ariadne reports on a one-day workshop on 'an interoperable environment to support research, learning and teaching' held at the e-Science Institute in Edinburgh, April 30, 2002.

July 2002, issue32, event report

Open Archive Forum Workshop: Creating a European Forum on Open Archives

Ariadne reports on the Open Archives Forum's First Workshop: Creating a European Forum on Open Archives. Pisa, 13-14 May 2002. CNR, Pisa.

July 2002, issue32, event report

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