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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 (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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Developing Portal Services and Evaluating How Users Want to Use Them: The CREE Project

Chris Awre, Matthew J Dovey, Jon Hunter, William Kilbride and Ian Dolphin describe the JISC-funded Contextual Resource Evaluation Environment (CREE) Project and its user and technical investigations to examine how users wish to use library search services.

October 2004, issue41, feature article

The Dawning of DARE: A Shared Experience

Annemiek van der Kuil and Martin Feijen describe the first year of the DARE Project and its foundation of the OAI repositories of Dutch academic output.

October 2004, issue41, feature article

What Do Application Profiles Reveal about the Learning Object Metadata Standard?

Jean Godby assesses the customised subsets of metadata elements that have been defined by 35 projects using the LOM standard to describe e-learning resources.

October 2004, issue41, feature article

How the Use of Standards Is Transforming Australian Digital Libraries

Debbie Campbell explains how the exploitation of recent standards has allowed the National Library of Australia to digitise its collections and host federated search services and provide an improved service.

October 2004, issue41, feature article

Planet-SOSIG

Angela Joyce shares her personal impressions from the recent European Digital Libraries Conference in Bath; Emma Place introduces a new seminar series to support online information seeking in the social sciences.

October 2004, issue41, regular column

Virtual Rooms, Real Meetings

Andy Powell takes a brief look at VRVS, a desktop video-conferencing tool that can be used to support collaborative activities between groups of geographically distributed researchers.

October 2004, issue41, tooled up

Web Focus: QA Focus Has Finished - Let's Start Embedding QA

Brian Kelly reviews the JISC-funded QA Focus Project and argues that developers should be using quality assurance principles.

October 2004, issue41, tooled up

ECDL 2004: A Digital Librarian's Report

Jessie Hey reports on the 8th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries held at the University of Bath in September 2004.

October 2004, issue41, event report

ECDL2004: 4th International Web Archiving Workshop, September 2004

Michael Day reports on the 4th International Web Archiving Workshop held at the University of Bath in September as part of ECDL 2004.

October 2004, issue41, event report

The Institutional Web Management Workshop 2004

Tracey Stanley reports on the 8th Institutional Web Management Workshop at the University of Birmingham over 27-29 July. The theme of this year's workshop was Transforming the Organisation.

October 2004, issue41, event report

The JIBS Workshop on Resource/Reading List Software - the Reality

Frances Boyle reports on the one-day workshop on the current state of play in the Resource/Reading List software market, held at the SaÔd Business School, University of Oxford, on 9 September 2004.

October 2004, issue41, event report

e-Culture Horizons: from Digitisation to Creating Cultural Experiences

Andreas Strasser reports on a two-day symposium hosted and organised by Salzburg Research in Salzburg, Austria, over 27-28 September 2004.

October 2004, issue41, event report

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

October 2004, issue41, news and events

Editorial Introduction to Issue 42: Less Could Mean More

Richard Waller provides an editorial introduction to Ariadne issue 42.

January 2005, issue42, editorial

Advanced Collaboration With the Access Grid

Michael Daw describes the Access Grid system and its claim to be an Advanced Collaboration Environment.

January 2005, issue42, feature article

Software Choice: Decision-making in a Mixed Economy

Randy Metcalfe considers the role of free and open source software in UK Further and Higher Education.

January 2005, issue42, feature article

The National Centre for Text Mining: Aims and Objectives

Sophia Ananiadou, Julia Chruszcz, John Keane, John McNaught and Paul Watry describe NaCTeM's plans to provide text mining services for UK academics.

January 2005, issue42, feature article

Making the Case for a Wiki

Emma Tonkin examines wikis and considers the feasibility of their deployment - and the danger of the 'tumbleweed' syndrome.

January 2005, issue42, feature article

Planet-SOSIG

Humphrey Southall looks at a new Web site's Vision of Britain while Emma Place examines new changes to the RDN Virtual Training Suite.

January 2005, issue42, regular column

Looking for a Google Box?

Sebastian Rahtz gives us his evaluation of the Google Search Appliance.

January 2005, issue42, tooled up

Web Focus: Experiences of Using a Wiki for Note-taking at a Workshop

Brian Kelly describes how the Wikalong Wiki tool was used to support note-taking at a workshop.

January 2005, issue42, tooled up

Shibboleth Installation Workshop

James Sankar and Masha Garibyan report on the first ever Shibboleth Installation Workshop in the UK.

January 2005, issue42, event report

Hyper Clumps, Mini Clumps and National Catalogues: Resource Discovery for the 21st Century

John Gilby reports on a one-day conference about resource discovery, held at the British Library Conference Centre, London in November.

January 2005, issue42, event report

Tap Into Bath Takes Off

Stephanie Round covers the launch of a small but promising collaborative effort.

January 2005, issue42, event report

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

January 2005, issue42, news and events

Book Review: Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing

Mike Fraser asks whether a recent book on open source software licences will help him answer a few questions.

January 2005, issue42, review

Editorial Introduction to Issue 43: When Technology Alone Is Not Enough

Richard Waller introduces Ariadne issue 43.

April 2005, issue43, editorial

Opening Up OpenURLs with Autodiscovery

Daniel Chudnov, Richard Cameron, Jeremy Frumkin, Ross Singer and Raymond Yee demonstrate a 'gather locally, share globally' approach to OpenURLs and metadata autodiscovery in scholarly and non-scholarly environments.

April 2005, issue43, feature article

Supporting Digital Preservation and Asset Management in Institutions

Leona Carpenter describes a JISC development programme tackling the organisational and technical challenges facing Higher and Further Education in the UK.

April 2005, issue43, feature article

E-Archiving: An Overview of Some Repository Management Software Tools

Marion Prudlo discusses LOCKSS, EPrints, and DSpace in terms of who uses them, their cost, underlying technology, the required know-how, and functionalities.

April 2005, issue43, feature article

What Are Your Terms?

Pete Johnston introduces the JISC Information Environment Metadata Schema Registry (IEMSR) Project and examines some of the challenges it is facing.

April 2005, issue43, feature article

Planet-SOSIG

Paul Ayres examines how the SOSIG Subject News blog is keeping users up to date and providing reusable site content at the same time.

April 2005, issue43, regular column

Installing Shibboleth

Simon McLeish describes the experience of Shibboleth installation in a Higher Education environment, and suggests ways to make this experience more user-friendly.

April 2005, issue43, tooled up

Web Focus: Using Collaborative Technologies When on the Road

Brian Kelly argues that since conference delegates now expect to be able to read email on the road, there are additional technologies which might enhance our effectiveness when away from the office.

April 2005, issue43, tooled up

EuroCAMP 2005

Masha Garibyan and Ann Borda report on the first Campus Architecture Middleware Planning workshop in Europe hosted by the Politecnico di Torino.

April 2005, issue43, event report

10th CETIS-TechDis Accessibility Special Interest Group Meeting

Ann Chapman reports on a one-day meeting that focused among other things on accessibility in virtual learning environments and personal learning profiles.

April 2005, issue43, event report

News and Events

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

April 2005, issue43, news and events

Book Review: Managing Digital Rights - A Practitioner's Guide

Stuart Hannabuss likes the way this book reminds us that information professionals need to apply the law and not merely know it.

April 2005, issue43, review

Book Review: Building an Electronic Resource Collection

Sarah Pearson considers whether the 2nd edition of this practical guide for building an electronic resource collection can satisfy the needs of both new and experienced practitioners.

April 2005, issue43, review

Accessibility: The Current Situation and New Directions

Kevin Carey describes accessibility by disabled people to digital information systems across broadcasting, telecommunications and the Internet, looks into the future and makes recommendations.

July 2005, issue44, feature article

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