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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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Data Science Professionals: A Global Community of Sharing

Sylvie Lafortune reports on the 37th annual conference of the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology (IASSIST), held over 30 May – 3 June 2011 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

March 2012, issue68, event report

eSciDoc Days 2011: The Challenges for Collaborative eResearch Environments

Ute Rusnak reports on the fourth in a series of two-day conferences called eSciDoc Days, organised by FIZ Karlsruhe and the Max Planck Digital Library in Berlin over 26-27 October 2011.

March 2012, issue68, event report

Editorial Introduction to Issue 68

The editor introduces readers to the content of Ariadne issue 68.

March 2012, issue68, editorial

Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa

Monika Elbert, David Fuegi and Ugne Lipeikaite describe the principal findings of the study Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa which served to provide evidence of how public libraries are perceived by their stakeholders.

March 2012, issue68, feature article

Kultivating Kultur: Increasing Arts Research Deposit

Marie-Therese Gramstadt discusses how the JISC-funded Kultivate Project is encouraging arts research deposit in UK institutional repositories.

March 2012, issue68, feature article

The CLIF Project: The Repository as Part of a Content Lifecycle

Richard Green, Chris Awre and Simon Waddington describe how a digital repository can become part of the technical landscape within an institution and support digital content lifecycle management across systems. 

March 2012, issue68, feature article

Adapting VuFind as a Front-end to a Commercial Discovery System

Graham Seaman describes the adaptation of an open source discovery tool, VuFind, to local needs, discusses the decisions which needed to be made in the process, and considers the implications of this process for future library discovery systems.

March 2012, issue68, tooled up

Delivering Open Educational Resources for Engineering Design

Mansur Darlington describes two methods for presenting online OERs for engineering design that were developed and explored as part of the Higher Education Academy/JISC-funded DelOREs (Delivering Open Educational Resources for Engineering Design) Project.

March 2012, issue68, feature article

Peculiarities of Digitising Materials from the Collections of the National Academy of Sciences, Armenia

Alan Hopkinson and Tigran Zargaryan give an overview of their experience of digitising paper-based materials in the Fundamental Scientific Library of the National Academy of Sciences, Armenia including some of the obstacles encountered during image processing and optical character recognition.

March 2012, issue68, feature article

Collaborations Workshop 2012: Software, Sharing and Collaboration in Oxford

Simon Choppin reports on a two-day software workshop held at The Queen’s College, Oxford over 21 - 22 March 2012.

April 2012, issue68, event report

Moving Ariadne: Migrating and Enriching Content with Drupal

Thom Bunting explains some of the technology behind the migration of Ariadne (including more than 1600 articles from its back issues archive) onto a Drupal content management platform.

July 2012, issue69, tooled up

Enhancing Collaboration and Interaction in a Post-graduate Research Programme

Tertia Coetsee describes a community of practice for post-graduate students where RefShare is deployed for digital storage and retrieval, alongside Blackboard for the purposes of communication. She also describes the role of the information specialist in the programme.

July 2012, issue69, feature article

Evaluation of Assessment Diaries and GradeMark at the University of Glamorgan

Karen Fitzgibbon and Alice Lau describe a JISC-funded project in evaluating the pedagogical and workload impact that two assessment- and feedback-related innovations have on students and staff and report on lessons for the sector.

July 2012, issue69, 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

Wikipedia: Reflections on Use and Acceptance in Academic Environments

In the light of a workshop run by the Geological Society of London and Wikimedia UK, Brian Whalley reflects on the attitudes and practice of academia in respect of present-day Wikipedia content.

July 2012, issue69, feature article

Book Review: Getting Started with Cloud Computing

Martin White reviews a collection of essays on cloud computing that attempts to clarify the technology and its applications for librarians and information professionals.

July 2012, issue69, review

The Second British Library DataCite Workshop

Alex Ball reports on a one-day workshop on metadata supporting the citation of research data, held at the British Library, London, on 6 July 2012.

July 2012, issue69, event report

JISC Research Information Management: CERIF Workshop

Rosemary Russell reports on a two-day workshop on research information management and CERIF held in Bristol over 27-28 June 2012.

July 2012, issue69, event report

Making the Most of a Conference

Stephanie Taylor writes about how she made the most of a conference to promote and inform the work of a project.

July 2012, issue69, feature article

21st-century Scholarship and Wikipedia

Amber Thomas explores the ways in which emerging research practices and Wikipedia illustrate the changing boundaries of academic work.

November 2012, issue70, feature article

Motivations for the Development of a Web Resource Synchronisation Framework

Stuart Lewis, Richard Jones and Simeon Warner explain some of the motivations behind the development of the ResourceSync Framework.

November 2012, issue70, tooled up

The ARK Project: Analysing Raptor at Kent

Leo Lyons describes how University of Kent librarians are benefitting from Raptor's ability to produce e-resource usage statistics and charts.

November 2012, issue70, feature article

SUSHI: Delivering Major Benefits to JUSP

Paul Meehan, Paul Needham and Ross MacIntyre explain the enormous time and cost benefits in using SUSHI to support rapid gathering of journal usage reports into the JUSP service.

November 2012, issue70, feature article

Upskilling Liaison Librarians for Research Data Management

Andrew Cox, Eddy Verbaan and Barbara Sen explore the design of a curriculum to train academic librarians in the competencies to support Research Data Management.

November 2012, issue70, feature article

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

euroCRIS Membership Meeting, Madrid

Rosemary Russell and Brigitte Jörg report on the bi-annual euroCRIS membership and Task Groups meetings which took place in Madrid on 5-6 November 2012.

November 2012, issue70, event report

CURATEcamp iPres 2012

Mark Jordan, Courtney Mumma, Nick Ruest and the participants of CURATEcamp iPres 2012 report on this unconference for digital curation practitioners and researchers, held on 2 October 2012 in Toronto.

November 2012, issue70, event report

EMTACL12 (Emerging Technologies in Academic Libraries)

Sarah Rayner and Olivia Walsby report on a three-day conference on Emerging Technologies in Academic Libraries, hosted by NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) in Trondheim, Norway over 1 - 3 October 2012.

November 2012, issue70, event report

Hydra UK: Flexible Repository Solutions to Meet Varied Needs

Chris Awre reports on the Hydra UK event held on 22 November 2012 at the Library of the London School of Economics.

November 2012, issue70, event report

Editorial Introduction to Issue 70

The editor introduces readers to the content of Ariadne Issue 70.

November 2012, issue70, editorial

23rd International CODATA Conference

Alex Ball reports on a conference on ‘Open Data and Information for a Changing Planet’ held by the International Council for Science’s Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan on 28–31 October 2012.

November 2012, issue70, event report

'Does He Take Sugar?': The Risks of Standardising Easy-to-read Language

Brian Kelly, Dominik Lukeš and Alistair McNaught highlight the risks of attempting to standardise easy-to-read language for online resources.

November 2012, issue70, feature article

International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL) 2012

Anna Mastora and Sarantos Kapidakis report on TPDL 2012 held at Paphos, Cyprus, over 23-27 September 2012.

November 2012, issue70, event report

Online Information 2012

Marieke Guy reports on the largest gathering of information professionals in Europe.

November 2012, issue70, event report

DataFinder: A Research Data Catalogue for Oxford

Sally Rumsey and Neil Jefferies explain the context and the decisions guiding the development of DataFinder, a data catalogue for the University of Oxford.

July 2013, issue71, feature article

Implementing a Resource or Reading List Management System

Gary Brewerton takes us step by step through the various stages of implementing a Resource or Reading List Management System for your institution.

July 2013, issue71, tooled up

Improving Evaluation of Resources through Injected Feedback Surveys

Terry Reese suggests a novel approach for providing intercept survey functionality for librarians looking to simplify the gathering of user feedback for library-provided materials.

July 2013, issue71, tooled up

Engaging Researchers with Social Media Tools: 25 Research Things@Huddersfield

Graham Stone and Ellen Collins investigate whether 25 Research Things, an innovative online learning programme, could help researchers understand the value of Web 2.0 tools.

July 2013, issue71, feature article

KAPTUR the Highlights: Exploring Research Data Management in the Visual Arts

Leigh Garrett, Marie-Therese Gramstadt, Carlos Silva and Anne Spalding describe the exploration of the importance and nature of research data in the visual arts and requirements for their appropriate curation and preservation.

July 2013, issue71, feature article

eMargin: A Collaborative Textual Annotation Tool

Andrew Kehoe and Matt Gee describe their Jisc-funded eMargin collaborative textual annotation tool, showing how it has widened its focus through integration with Virtual Learning Environments.

July 2013, issue71, tooled up

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