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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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A Knight's Tale: Networked CD-ROM Redirectors

Jon Knight describes how MSCDEX.EXE and networked CD-ROM redirectors can introduce difficulties when using Windows 95 and NT to provide access to library CD-ROMs.

March 1998, issue14, regular column

EDDIS

David Larbey writes about EDDIS, one of eLib’s document delivery projects.

March 1998, issue14, project update

Information Services: A Mission and a Vision

Les Watson asks how we use technology in general as part of the learning process, in this extended version of the main article in the print version of Ariadne

March 1998, issue14, feature article

Internet Resources for Older People

Internet resources for older people: Monica Blake describes some findings from the Internet and Older People Project, funded by The British Library Research and Innovation Centre Digital Library Research Programme.

March 1998, issue14, feature article

Metadata Corner: CrossROADS and Interoperability

Michael Day, Rachel Heery and Andy Powell report on work in progress on enhancements to the ROADS software.

March 1998, issue14, regular column

Netskills Corner: Multimedia Web Design

Netskills Corner: Multimedia Web Design: Walter Scales considers multimedia web design, asking whether we are running down an up escalator.

March 1998, issue14, regular column

Planet SOSIG: Regard

Sue Timmis introduces REGARD, a new research database now available on the World Wide Web.

March 1998, issue14, regular column

Search Engines Corner: Meta-search Engines

Tracey Stanley discusses the next level up from conventional search engines in the 'information food chain', which provide a sophisticated approach to searching across a number of databases.

March 1998, issue14, regular column

So What Is So Exciting about LAMDA?

Frederick Friend explains about electronic document delivery in London and Manchester.

March 1998, issue14, project update

Web Focus: Animate Your Pages

Brian Kelly gives an introduction to Dynamic HTML, explaining recent developments that enable dynamic web pages to be produced using simple scripting languages such as Javascript.

March 1998, issue14, regular column

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