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This page provides an overview of 888 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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WebWatch: How Accessible Are Australian University Web Sites?

Dey Alexander reports on a recent study of the accessibility of Australian university Web sites.

January 2004, issue38, regular column

Developing and Publicising a Workable Accessibility Strategy

Lawrie Phipps, Sue Harrison, David Sloan and Betty Willder look at the increasing need for developers of institutional and educational Web sites to develop and follow a strategy for ensuring optimal accessibility of online content.

January 2004, issue38, tooled up

The OpenURL and OpenURL Framework: Demystifying Link Resolution

Ann Apps reports on a conference about current and future uses of the proposed OpenURL Framework Standard Z39.88-2004.

January 2004, issue38, tooled up

Herding Tigers, Part II

Sophie Clarke describes an event designed to share ideas on accessibility, evaluation and the use of learning technology standards.

January 2004, issue38, event report

OSS Inaugural Conference: Open Source Deployment and Development

Sebastian Rahtz and Randy Metcalfe give an overview of the first conference of the Open Source Advisory Service.

January 2004, issue38, event report

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

January 2004, issue38, news and events

Further Education and BIOME

Donald Mackay gives an overview of BIOME, the hub for the health and life sciences in the context of its services for Further Education.

January 2004, issue38, feature article

What's in EEVL for Further Education

Roddy MacLeod gives
an overview of the services and plans EEVL has for students and practitioners
in the Further Education sector.

January 2004, issue38, feature article

What's in SOSIG for Further Education?

Emma Place gives an insight into the pitfalls that await new users of the Internet in their search for relevant and quality materials and explains how SOSIG has catered for the needs of both FE students and practitioners.

January 2004, issue38, feature article

A National Archive of Datasets

Jeffrey Darlington describes how structured datasets produced by UK Government departments and agencies are being archived and made available to users.

April 2004, issue39, feature article

RDN/LTSN Partnerships: Learning Resource Discovery Based on the LOM and the OAI-PMH

Andy Powell and Phil Barker explore the technical collaboration currently underway between the RDN and the LTSN and describe the RDN/LTSN LOM Application Profile and its use to support resource discovery.

April 2004, issue39, feature article

Can We Save Our Audio-visual Heritage?

Daniel Teruggi describes PrestoSpace, the new FP6 Integrated project for the preservation of our disappearing audio-visual heritage.

April 2004, issue39, feature article

IT for Me: Getting Personal in South Yorkshire Public Libraries

Liz Pearce and Neil Smith introduce the IT for Me Project which aims to provide personalised access to online resources in South Yorkshire's public libraries.

April 2004, issue39, feature article

Filling Institutional Repositories: Practical Strategies from the DAEDALUS Project

Morag Mackie describes some strategies that can be used to help populate an institutional repository.

April 2004, issue39, feature article

Through the Web Authoring Tools

Paul Browning offers a technical review of new approaches to Web publishing.

April 2004, issue39, tooled up

Web Focus: Towards Library Groupware With Personalised Link Routing

Brian Kelly takes a look at the FOAF Semantic Web application and suggests it is time to start evaluating this technology.

April 2004, issue39, tooled up

At the Event: The EPrints UK Workshop

Phil Cross, Debra Hiom and Emma Place report on this workshop which was held at the University of Bath in February 2004.

April 2004, issue39, event report

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

ERPANET / CODATA Workshop, Lisbon

Michael Day gives us a detailed report on the ERPANET / CODATA Workshop held at the Biblioteca Nacional, Lisbon, 15-17 December 2003.

April 2004, issue39, event report

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

April 2004, issue39, news and events

Towards Library Groupware With Personalised Link Routing

Daniel Chudnov, Jeremy Frumkin, Jennifer Weintraub, Matthew Wilcox and Raymond Yee describe a potential groupware framework for integrating access to diverse information resources and distributed personal collection development.

July 2004, issue40, feature article

Rights Management and Digital Library Requirements

Karen Coyle describes some aspects of rights expression languages favoured by the commercial content industries and how these may differ from the rights needs of digital libraries.

July 2004, issue40, feature article

Tap Into Bath

Alison Baud and Ann Chapman describe the development of a database of archive, library and museum collections in Bath.

July 2004, issue40, feature article

Cornucopia: An Open Collection Description Service

Chris Turner describes the latest phase of Cornucopia development and the opportunities this is opening up for the future.

July 2004, issue40, feature article

Targeting Academic Research With Southampton's Institutional Repository

Jessie Hey describes how user needs have influenced the evolutionary development of 'e-Prints Soton' as the University of Southampton Research Repository.

July 2004, issue40, feature article

Public Libraries: Weblogs: Do They Belong in Libraries?

Penny Garrod takes a look at weblogs and weblogging activities in libraries and considers some of the ways they can be used to support public library users.

July 2004, issue40, regular column

EEVL News: What EEVL Users Really Want

Roddy MacLeod looks at the results of the recent questionnaire which surveyed opinions about the EEVL service.

July 2004, issue40, regular column

PALS Conference: Institutional Repositories and Their Impact on Publishing

Kurt Paulus describes for us the Publisher and Library/Learning Solutions (PALS) Conference held in London this June.

July 2004, issue40, event report

The Future of Cataloguing: Cataloguing and Indexing Group Conference

Paola Stillone reports on a three-day annual conference of the CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group (CIG), held at the University of Bath, 30 June - 2 July.

July 2004, issue40, event report

Support Models for Open Source Deployment

Sebastian Rahtz and Randy Metcalfe report on OSS Watch's one-day conference on support models held in London in June 2004.

July 2004, issue40, event report

Adding Value to the National Information Infrastructure: The EDINA Exchange Day, Edinburgh

John MacColl provides us with a report of EDINA's first general information event for the HE and FE communities held at the National E-Science Centre.

July 2004, issue40, event report

ERPANET Seminar on Persistent Identifiers

Monica Duke reports on a two-day training seminar on persistent identifiers held by ERPANET in Cork, Ireland over 17-18 June 2004.

July 2004, issue40, event report

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

July 2004, issue40, news and events

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

Book Review: Managing Your Internet & Intranet Services

David Hook sees this edition as a useful overview but finds unfortunate omissions as well as beneficial inclusions.

July 2004, issue40, review

Book Review: Developing Web-based Instruction

Lyn Parker finds this compilation a useful overview of the issues involved in developing e-learning and a valuable addition to the literature.

July 2004, issue40, review

Editorial Introduction to Issue 41: Forces in Train

Richard Waller introduces Ariadne 41.

October 2004, issue41, editorial

ISBN-13: New Number on the Block

Ann Chapman outlines the planned changes to the ISBN standard and its impact on the information community and the book trade.

October 2004, issue41, feature article

The Tapir: Adding E-Theses Functionality to DSpace

Richard Jones demonstrates how the Theses Alive Plugin for Institutional Repositories (Tapir) has provided E-Theses functionality for DSpace.

October 2004, issue41, feature article

Improving Communications Within JISC through News Aggregation

Paul Davey explains what JISC is doing to improve communications through more effective news promotion. Roddy MacLeod and Malcolm Moffat examine the technology EEVL has developed in this area.

October 2004, issue41, feature article

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