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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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Seb Schmoller Replies

Stepping down from his pivotal role as CEO at ALT, Seb Schmoller kindly answers a few questions from Ariadne on his perspective on online learning.

November 2012, issue70, feature article

Search Engines: Robots, Spiders and Your Website

Phil Bradley looks at the effect these have on your site's vital statistics.

March 2001, issue27, regular column

Search Engines: Goodbye Alta Vista, Hallo AllTheWeb

Phil Bradley's regular column.

January 2002, issue30, regular column

Search Engines Corner: Meta-search Engines

Tracey Stanley discusses the next level up from conventional search engines in the 'information food chain', which provide a sophisticated approach to searching across a number of databases.

March 1998, issue14, regular column

Search Engines Corner: Alta Vista LiveTopics

Tracey Stanley looks at Live Topics, a more flexible and user-controlled way of searching the Alta Vista Web Page index.

May 1997, issue9, regular column

Search Engine Corner

Tracey Stanley looks at 'Push', where a network-based service 'pushes' information to your machine, rather than you 'pulling' information from the service.

March 1997, issue8, regular column

Search Engine Corner

Phil Bradley reviews recent developments with search engines.

March 1999, issue19, regular column

Scientific, Industrial, and Cultural Heritage: A Shared Approach

Lorcan Dempsey presents a research framework for libraries, archives and museums prepared for the European Commission.

December 1999, issue22, feature article

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

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

ROUTES Project

Una O'Sullivan describes the Open University ROUTES project.

May 1998, issue15, 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

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

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

Revolutionaries and Captives in the Information Society

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

July 1997, issue10, feature article

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

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: in the Beginning... Was the Command Line

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

March 2000, issue23, review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reference Books on the Web

Adam Hodgkin explores the range of electronic reference tools.

January 2002, issue30, feature article

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

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

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

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

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

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

QA Focus

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

July 2002, issue32, 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

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

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

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

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