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This page provides an overview of 4 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)

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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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The Filling in the PIE: HeadLine's Resource Data Model

John Paschoud explains the concepts of representation and use of metadata in the Resource Data Model (RDM) that has been developed by the HeadLine project.

March 2001, issue27, feature article

The Biggest Digital Library Conference in the World

John Paschoud reports on the International Conference on Digital Libraries held in New Delhi, India, 24-27 February 2004.

April 2004, issue39, event report

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

Book Review: Information Architecture - Designing Information Environments for Purpose

John Paschoud looks at this collection of articles and finds some good parts in a generally ineffective whole.

July 2004, issue40, review

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