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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)

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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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Public Libraries Corner: Commercial Partnerships in the Public Library

Sarah Ormes looks at the increase of net access in public libraries.

September 1996, issue5, regular column

Public Libraries Corner: Elvis Is Alive and Well and Selling Library Management Systems in Kansas City

Sarah Ormes reports from the American Public Library Association conference in Missouri.

May 1998, issue15, regular column

Public Libraries Corner: Internet Activity in Public Libraries

Sarah Ormes on Internet activity in the Public Libraries domain.

May 1996, issue3, regular column

Public Libraries Corner: Treasure Island on the Web

Sarah Ormes looks at children's libraries and literacy, and describes the Treasure Island Web pages, a resource that shows how the potential of the Web can be used to make classic texts more accessible to a younger audience.

November 1996, issue6, regular column

Public Libraries: 2003, 2004: A Backward Glance and Thoughts on the Future

Penny Garrod looks at some of the broader issues affecting public libraries and information professionals.

January 2004, issue38, regular column

Public Libraries: Building Better Library Services

Penny Garrod on the recently published Audit Commission Report: Building Better Library Services.

July 2002, issue32, regular column

Public Libraries: Creating Websites for E-citizens -The Public Library Web Managers Workshop 2002

Penny Garrod reports on the Public Library Web Managers workshop, November 2002, held in Bath.

January 2003, issue34, event report

Public Libraries: Managing the Virtual Branch

Sarah Ormes reports on the recent Public Libraries Web Managers Workshop held in the University of Bath.

January 2001, issue26, event report

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

Public Library 2.0: Culture Change?

Sarah Hammond explores UK public libraries' growing participation in social media to reach their audiences online, with a focus on blogging.

July 2010, issue64, feature article

Putting the Library Into the Institution: Using JSR 168 and WSRP to Enable Search Within Portal Frameworks

Chris Awre, Stewart Waller, Jon Allen, Matthew J Dovey, Jon Hunter and Ian Dolphin describe the investigations and technical development undertaken within the JISC-funded Contextual Resource Evaluation Environment (CREE) Project to enable the presentation of existing search tools within portal frameworks using the JSR 168 and WSRP portlet standards.

October 2005, issue45, feature article

Putting the UK on the Map

Peter Burden of the University of Wolverhampton's School of Computing and Information Technology describes the history behind his clickable maps of the UK, an essential and well established (though unfunded) resource for quickly locating academic and research Web sites.

September 1996, issue5, project update

QA Focus

Marieke Napier on Quality Assurance procedures in the Jisc 5/99 Programme.

July 2002, issue32, feature article

QMSearch: A Quality Metrics-aware Search Framework

Aaron Krowne and Urvashi Gadi present a framework which improves searching in the context of scholarly digital libraries by taking a 'quality metrics-aware' approach.

April 2006, issue47, feature article

RDA: A New International Standard

Ann Chapman describes work on the new cataloguing code, Resource Description and Access (RDA), based on the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR).

October 2006, issue49, 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

Reaching the OPAC: Java Telnet

Bill Drew writes about accessing his library's OPAC within a web page using Java Telnet. He looks at the need, implementation, problems, and opportunities.

March 1997, issue8, feature article

REDD: Regional Electronic Document Delivery Service

Chris Taylor provides details on an Australian electronic document delivery service that is based on standard Internet protocols.

May 1997, issue9, project update

Redeveloping the Loughborough Online Reading List System

Jon Knight, Jason Cooper and Gary Brewerton describe the redevelopment of Loughborough University’s open source reading list system.

July 2012, issue69, tooled up

Reference Books on the Web

Adam Hodgkin explores the range of electronic reference tools.

January 2002, issue30, feature article

RepoMMan: Delivering Private Repository Space for Day-to-day Use

Richard Green and Chris Awre describe work undertaken at the University of Hull to place Web services at the heart of its personalised digital repository provision.

January 2008, issue54, feature article

Repositories Support Project Summer School

Jackie Knowles reports on the RSP Summer School, a 48-hour intensive learning programme for new institutional repository administrators, organised by the Repositories Support Project Team.

July 2007, issue52, event report

Repositories, Copyright and Creative Commons for Scholarly Communication

Esther Hoorn considers ways librarians can support scholars in managing the demands of copyright so as to respond to the needs of scholarly communication.

October 2005, issue45, feature article

Repository Software Comparison: Building Digital Library Infrastructure at LSE

Ed Fay presents a comparison of repository software that was carried out at LSE in support of digital library infrastructure development.

July 2010, issue64, feature article

Research Libraries and the Power of the Co-operative

John MacColl considers the 'co-operative imperative' upon research libraries, and describes the work which the former Research Libraries Group is undertaking as part of OCLC.

April 2008, issue55, feature article

Research Libraries Engage the Digital World: A US-UK Comparative Examination of Recent History and Future Prospects

Clifford Lynch looks at how the emergence of e-research has changed our thinking about the future of research libraries on both sides of the Atlantic.

February 2006, issue46, feature article

ResIDe: Electronic Reserve for UK Universities

Tessa Bruce describes an electronic reserve system at the University of the West of England.

July 1996, issue4, project update

Retooling Libraries for the Data Challenge

Dorothea Salo examines how library systems and procedures need to change to accommodate research data.

July 2010, issue64, feature article

Retrospective on the RDN

Debra Hiom, in the first of a two-part series on the Resource Discovery Network, looks back at the development of the RDN and its activities to date.

April 2006, issue47, feature article

Revealing All

Ann Chapman describes Revealweb, a Web site that brings together information about accessible resources for visually impaired people.

July 2005, issue44, feature article

Review: in the Beginning... Was the Command Line

Madeleine Shepherd reviews 'In the Beginning... was the Command Line' by Neal Stephenson.

March 2000, issue23, review

Review: Naked in Cyberspace

Marieke Guy taps into our increasing collective paranoia about privacy with a review that explores the use of personal information in the Cyber Age.

July 2003, issue36, review

Review: Songs of Innocence and of Experience

Philip Hunter reviews a CD-ROM edition of one of William Blake's most famous works.

July 2003, issue36, review

Revolutionaries and Captives in the Information Society

Trevor Haywood on the shackles that bind us to the information revolution.

July 1997, issue10, feature article

Rewriting the Book: On the Move With the Library of Birmingham

Brian Gambles presents the Library of Birmingham vision and strategy for addressing the challenge of mobile digital services.

July 2010, issue64, 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

ROADS: Resource Organisation and Discovery in Subject-Based Services

Rachel Heery, the ROADS Research Officer, describes this project from the Access to Network Resources area of the Electronic Libraries Programme. The deliverables of this project will constitute a large portion of the underlying software for most of the other projects in the same programme area, as well as other eLib and non-eLib projects, and therefore is one of the more crucial facets of the overall programme.

May 1996, issue3, project update

ROUTES Project

Una O'Sullivan describes the Open University ROUTES project.

May 1998, issue15, feature article

r·cade: Resource Centre for Access to Data on Europe

Sharon Bolton describes r-cade, an interdisciplinary resource centre that helps researchers and analysts to identify and acquire data for the European Social Sciences.

July 1997, issue10, review

Saving Energy in the Workplace

Eddie Young outlines some of the issues faced by a Systems Administrator when trying to save energy in the workplace.

January 2008, issue54, feature article

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