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This page provides an overview of 10 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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Architects of the Information Age

Paul Miller reports on a recent UKOLN-organised event at the Office of the e-Envoy, and explores the need for an architecture to scope what we build online.

October 2001, issue29, feature article

Developing the Bath Profile

Paul Miller with details of the "Bath Profile" - a Z39.50 specification for Library Applications and Resource Discovery.

September 1999, issue21, event report

Interoperability: What Is It and Why Should I Want It?

Paul Miller explains what interoperability is and why you should want it.

June 2000, issue24, 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

Metadata for the Masses

Paul Miller describes Dublin Core and several ideas for how it can be implemented.

September 1996, issue5, tooled up

Portals, Portals Everywhere

Ian Dolphin, Paul Miller and Robert Sherratt report on two conferences over the summer which explored the progress being made in deploying institutional portals of various forms.

October 2002, issue33, event report

The Concept of the Portal

Paul Miller gives his personal view of the portal and its varieties, both in the wild and on the drawing board.

January 2002, issue30, feature article

Web 2.0: Building the New Library

Paul Miller explores some of the recent buzz around the concept of 'Web 2.0' and asks what it means for libraries and related organisations.

October 2005, issue45, feature article

What Happens When We Mash the Library?

Paul Miller looks at recent attempts to make library resources more appealing, including the Talis competition to build library 'mashups'.

January 2007, issue50, feature article

Z39.50 for All

Paul Miller looks at the Z39.50 standard and attempts to extract some meaning from the mass of associated literature.

September 1999, issue21, feature article

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