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This page provides an overview of 54 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 (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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Web Watch: A Survey Of Numbers of UK University Web Servers

How many web servers are there in the UK Higher Education community? Brian Kelly provides some answers.

June 2000, issue24, tooled up

Web Watch: A Survey of Web Server Software Used by UK University Web Sites

Brian Kelly with an update of his survey of server software used by central Web sites in UK Universities.

January 2003, issue34, tooled up

Web Watch: A Survey Of Web Server Software Used In UK University Web Sites

Brian Kelly A Survey Of Web Server Software Used In UK University Web Sites.

September 2000, issue25, tooled up

Web Watch: An Accessibility Analysis of UK University Entry Points

Brian Kelly reports on the accessibility of entry points of UK University Web sites.

October 2002, issue33, tooled up

Web Watch: An Update On Search Engines Used In UK Universities

Brian Kelly with an Update On Search Engines Used In UK Universities.

January 2002, issue30, tooled up

Web Watch: Carrying Out Your Own Web Watch Survey

Brian Kelly describes how you can carry out your own WebWatch benchmarking survey across your own community.

October 2001, issue29, tooled up

Web Watch: Update of a Survey of the Numbers of UK University Web Servers

Brian Kelly updates a survey of the numbers of UK university Web servers.

April 2002, issue31, tooled up

Web Watch: WebWatching eLib Project Web Sites

Brian Kelly is WebWatching the eLib Project Sites.

January 2001, issue26, tooled up

Web Watch: What's Related to My Web Site?

What's Related To My Web Site? Brian Kelly looks at Netscape's 'What's Related?' facility and reports on the service's findings for institutional Web servers.

March 2001, issue27, tooled up

WebWatch: An Update on Search Engines Used in UK University Web Sites

Brian Kelly provides an update of his survey of search engines used in UK Universities.

July 2003, issue36, regular column

WebWatch: Conclusions from the WebWatch Project

Brian Kelly sums up conclusions from the WebWatch Project.

March 1999, issue19, tooled up

WebWatch: UK University Search Engines

Brian Kelly explores the search facilities used by UK university Web sites.

September 1999, issue21, tooled up

What Is XML?

Brian Kelly elucidates another infuriating three letter acronym: XML.

May 1998, issue15, tooled up

Wire: Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly is put under the virtual spotlight to answer a few questions via email on his past, present, and thoughts on matters networking.

July 1996, issue4, regular column

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