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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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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

ILEJ: Internet Library of Early Journals

Hugh Wellesley-Smith turns back the clock with a description of the Internet Library for early journals digitisation project.

July 1996, issue4, project update

Centre for Database Access Research (CEDAR): The Huddersfield Connection

Steve Pollitt describes the history and research behind CEDAR, the Centre for Database Access Research, which specialises in work on the design of interfaces for information retrieval systems.

July 1996, issue4, project update

TLTP: Teaching and Learning Technology Programme

Joanna Tiley describes TLTP. The Teaching and Learning Technology Programme, funded by the UK Higher Education Funding Councils of the UK, is a collection of 70+ projects aimed to 'make teaching and learning more productive and efficient by harnessing modern technology'.

July 1996, issue4, project update

The Importance of Advanced Communications Technologies and Services (ACTS): The European Connection

David Kay describes ACTS, the Advanced Communications Technologies and Services, a programme under the European Community 4th Framework Research & Technology Development Programme, consisting of around 120 projects.

July 1996, issue4, project update

NHS Libraries: At Home on the Web

Ben Toth describes the establishment and maintenance of a regional Health Web site.

July 1996, issue4, project update

Netlinks Symposium

Sarah Ashton reports from the Netlinks Symposium, organised by the Netlinks eLib project and the Department of Information Studies in the University of Sheffield.

July 1996, issue4, event report

JUGL

Emma Wright put on her woolies and went to Preston to report on the annual JUGL (JANET User Group for Libraries) conference.

July 1996, issue4, event report

Cashing in on Caching

Jon Knight and Martin Hamilton describe Caching, possibly the most crucial tool available to frequent Web users, and point out why libraries should be aware of it.

July 1996, issue4, tooled up

Netskills Corner: Redesigning Your Web Pages?

Brian Kelly gives some sensible advice on designing (or, as is more likely, redesigning) Web pages.

July 1996, issue4, 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

View from the Hill

John MacColl meets Ian Kingston, a freelance copy-editor, proof-reader and typesetter.

July 1996, issue4, regular column

Editorial Introduction to Issue 3

John Kirriemuir, Editor, introduces the Web version of Ariadne.

May 1996, issue3, editorial

AC/DC

Dave Beckett and Neil Smith explain a search engine that only indexes sites in the .ac.uk domain.

May 1996, issue3, feature article

Mailbase Reviewed

Terry Hanson reviews the mother of academic mailing list systems in the UK.

May 1996, issue3, feature article

Link: A New Beginning for BUBL

Dennis Nicholson and Joanne Gold present an overview of 'daughter of BUBL'.

May 1996, issue3, 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

ADAM: Information Gateway to Resources on the Internet in Art, Design, Architecture and Media

Nearly half a year after the project’s official start date, ADAM has a fledgling information gateway to information on the Internet in art, design, architecture and media. Tony Gill, ADAM Project Leader, outlines what has been achieved so far, and some of the challenges that lie directly ahead.

May 1996, issue3, project update

Sociological Research Online: Web-based Journal for the Social Sciences

Nigel Gilbert describes Sociological Research Online, a project from the Electronic Journals section of the Electronic Libraries Programme. SocResOnline is a (free) Web-based journal for people involved in Sociology and Sociology-related fields; it contains refereed articles, a substantial number of reviews and debating forums.

May 1996, issue3, project update

Netskills Corner: Fifth WWW Conference, Paris

Brian Kelly undertakes the arduous task of attending the 5th WWW Conference in Paris (is there a 'smiley' for 'green with envy'?).

May 1996, issue3, tooled up

From the Trenches: Networking (Notworking?) CD-ROMS

Jon Knight on the perils and problems of networking CD ROMs.

May 1996, issue3, tooled up

URL Monitoring Software and Services

Paul Hollands describes and compares tools to help you notice when a Web-based resource has been updated.

May 1996, issue3, tooled up

ELVIRA

Tessa Bruce from the ResIDe eLib project describes the recent high profile electronic libraries conference hosted by De Montfort University.

May 1996, issue3, event report

CURL OPAC launch

Andrew Cooper describes the CURL OPAC launch in Manchester.

May 1996, issue3, event report

Netskills

Walter Scales from the Netskills project describes the trials and tribulations of putting together and presenting a Netskills talk

May 1996, issue3, event report

View from the Hill: Rob Ainsley

Rob Ainsley, editor of a clutch of Internet-based classical music journals, expounds on the dynamics of ejournals on the Internet.

May 1996, issue3, regular column

Wire: Dave Beckett, Interviewed

Dave Beckett is subjected to an interview via email.

May 1996, issue3, regular column

Copyright Corner

Charles Oppenheim on the copyright issues that all eLib (and many other projects) should be aware of.

May 1996, issue3, 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

Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib) Update

Recently, a wave of new projects under the umbrella of the Electronic Libraries Programme was announced. A consequence of this is that a large majority of the HE institutions in the UK are involved in at least one eLib project (is yours?), as well as many non HE organisations and institutions. Here, we give brief details of some of these new projects.

March 1996, issue2, feature article

Alta Vista Vs. Lycos

Tracey Stanley presents the results of a detailed comparison of the two main search engines of today, Lycos and Alta Vista.

March 1996, issue2, feature article

Spotlight on BIDS

BIDS is put under the spotlight by Isobel Stark, a BIDS trainer amongst other things, who gives us her thoughts on one of the UK's most well-known networking services. Linked from this article are responses from BIDS people.

March 1996, issue2, feature article

SEREN: Sharing of Educational Resources in an Electronic Network

Ian Lovecy from Bangor University describes SEREN, a project from the Electronic Document Delivery section of the eLib programme. SEREN aims to provide the software to enable the Welsh HE community to maximise use of the library resource-base in Wales before turning to BLDSC and other suppliers.

March 1996, issue2, project update

SOSIG: Social Science Information Gateway

SOSIG was established with funding from the Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC). The Electronic Libraries' Programme (eLib) funds a Documentation and Training Officer, Lesly Huxley, under the Access to Networked Resources umbrella to raise awareness of - and train people to use - SOSIG. Here Lesly provides background to the service and describes the Internet for Social Scientists workshops she is running at Universities around the country.

March 1996, issue2, project update

Interface

Interview with Jill Foster, director of Mailbase and Netskills.

March 1996, issue2, regular column

Down Your Way

Alison Kilgour takes a look at the networking facilities inside Glasgow University Library.

March 1996, issue2, regular column

Wire: Email Interview with Chris Lilley

Chris Lilley submits to an interview by email.

March 1996, issue2, regular column

Copyright Corner

Charles Oppenheim details some of the legal issues associated with electronic copyright management systems.

March 1996, issue2, regular column

Netskills Corner: NCSA Mosaic Web Browser

In this Netskills Corner, Brian Kelly describes a UK-Wide collaborative (combined directional Web and IRC chat-like system) meeting.

March 1996, issue2, tooled up

From the Trenches: Network Services on a Shoestring

Jon Knight describes how Linux is a cheap and useful operating system for library systems units and the like.

March 1996, issue2, tooled up

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