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This page provides an overview of 9 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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10 Cheap and Easy Ways to Amplify Your Event

Marieke Guy describes new tools and services that can help you get your event heard.

January 2011, issue66, feature article

10 Years of Zetoc

Jane Ronson looks at how Zetoc has developed and what the future holds for the service.

January 2011, issue66, feature article

Beyond the PDF

Jodi Schneider reports on a three-day workshop about the future of scientific communication, held in San Diego CA, USA, in January 2011.

January 2011, issue66, event report

Book Review: Practical Open Source Software for Libraries

Muhammad Rafiq takes a look at a work on the open source community and open source software.

January 2011, issue66, review

Characterising and Preserving Digital Repositories: File Format Profiles

Steve Hitchcock and David Tarrant show how file format profiles, the starting point for preservation plans and actions, can also be used to reveal the fingerprints of emerging types of institutional repositories.

January 2011, issue66, feature article

Developments in Virtual 3D Imaging of Cultural Artefacts

Richard Collmann describes how experience using a portable Virtual 3D Object Rig in cultural institutions has led to significant improvements in apparatus design and workflow.

January 2011, issue66, feature article

Editorial Introduction to Issue 66: Sanity Check

Richard Waller introduces Ariadne issue 66.

January 2011, issue66, editorial

International Digital Curation Conference 2010

Alex Ball reports on the 6th International Digital Curation Conference, held on 7-8 December 2010 in Chicago.

January 2011, issue66, event report

Turning Off Tap Into Bath

Ann Chapman describes the lifecycle of a demonstrator database and the development of a preservation policy for its content and software.

January 2011, issue66, feature article

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