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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 (50.9% 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': 2.7 (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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'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

10 Cheap and Easy Ways to Amplify Your Event

Marieke Guy describes new tools and services that can help you get your event heard.

January 2011, issue66, feature article

10 Years of Zetoc

Jane Ronson looks at how Zetoc has developed and what the future holds for the service.

January 2011, issue66, feature article

10th Annual Anglo-Nordic Seminar

Kelly Russell from the eLib programme describes this seminar, which heavily featured speakers and current issues relevant to the UK digital libraries movement.

November 1996, issue6, 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

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

23 Things in Public Libraries

Helen Leech describes a collaborative project to increase front-line staff's understanding and use of Web 2.0 in public libraries.

July 2010, issue64, feature article

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

24 Hour Museum: From Past to Future

As 24 Hour Museum rebuilds and looks outwards to new partnerships, Jon Pratty looks at challenges faced over the last seven years.

July 2007, issue52, feature article

2nd International DCC Conference 2006: Digital Data Curation in Practice

Alexander Ball and Manjula Patel provide an overview of the second annual conference of the Digital Curation Centre.

January 2007, issue50, event report

A Bug's Life?: How Metaphors from Ecology Can Articulate the Messy Details of Repository Interactions

R. John Robertson, Mahendra Mahey and Phil Barker introduce work investigating an alternative model of repository and service interaction.

October 2008, issue57, feature article

A Digital Library Showcase and Support Service - the Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE

Roy Tennant describes a resource used to create digital libraries and services, and to help others do the same.

July 1997, issue10, review

A DRY CRIG Event for the IE Demonstrator

Paul Walk reports on an 'unconference' for developers working in and around the JISC Information Environment and institutional systems, hosted by UKOLN at the University of Bath in June 2008.

July 2008, issue56, event report

A Dublin Core Application Profile for Scholarly Works

Julie Allinson, Pete Johnston and Andy Powell describe a Dublin Core application profile for describing scholarly works that makes use of FRBR and the DCMI Abstract Model.

January 2007, issue50, feature article

A Foundation for Automatic Digital Preservation

Miguel Ferreira, Ana Alice Baptista and Jose Carlos Ramalho propose a Service-Oriented Architecture to help cultural heritage institutions to accomplish automatic digital preservation.

July 2006, issue48, feature article

A Free ISP from the British Library

Brian Kefford outlines the services available from the British Library.

December 1999, issue22, feature article

A Glimpse at EEVLs' Evaluation

A Glimpse at EEVLs' Evaluation: Malcolm Moffat, Database Officer for the Edinburgh Engineering Virtual Library (EEVL) project, describes some findings from an initial evaluative study.

March 1997, issue8, project update

A Knight's Tale: Networked CD-ROM Redirectors

Jon Knight describes how MSCDEX.EXE and networked CD-ROM redirectors can introduce difficulties when using Windows 95 and NT to provide access to library CD-ROMs.

March 1998, issue14, regular column

A National Archive of Datasets

Jeffrey Darlington describes how structured datasets produced by UK Government departments and agencies are being archived and made available to users.

April 2004, issue39, feature article

A Policy Context: eLib and the Emergence of the Subject Gateways

Derek Law and Lorcan Dempsey outline some of the features of the policy environment which led to the setting up of the influential 'subject gateways' as part of the UK Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib).

September 2000, issue25, feature article

A Pragmatic Approach to Preferred File Formats for Acquisition

Dave Thompson sets out the pragmatic approach to preferred file formats for long-term preservation used at the Wellcome Library.

April 2010, issue63, feature article

A Recipe for Cream of Science: Special Content Recruitment for Dutch Institutional Repositories

Martin Feijen and Annemiek van der Kuil describe the Cream of Science Project, part of the DARE Programme, which generated a Web site offering open access to almost 25,000 publications by 207 prominent scholars across the Netherlands.

October 2005, issue45, feature article

A Support Framework for Remote Workers

Marieke Guy follows up on her two previous articles for Ariadne with an overview of an evolving structure to provide consistent support to UKOLN colleagues who work remotely.

April 2009, issue59, feature article

A Thread of Ariadnes

One of my previous lecturers jokingly said that once you had a title, logo and an acronym for your project, 80% of the work was done. Except I'm not so sure she was joking, now. Ariadne took (relatively) little time to be decided on as a title, but as it turned out, many other projects around the world, and one in particular in the UK, shared this greek mythological name. This has caused problems; for example, lists of digital libraries/training projects occasionally get us mixed up with the Ariadne project at Lancaster. Dr. David Nichols from this Lancaster project gives a brief run-down of other projects that have taken the name Ariadne.

March 1996, issue2, odds and ends

A Wired Honduran Christmas

Eddie Young hooks up to the global network, with some improvised electrical plumbing

March 2000, issue23, feature article

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

Access Management: The Key to a Portal - The Experience of the Subject Portals Project

Francisco Pinto and Michael Fraser report on the experience of the Subject Portals Project.

April 2003, issue35, feature article

Access to Archives: England’s Contribution to the National Archive Network

Caroline Thibeaud discusses the Archive 2 Archive project.

January 2002, issue30, feature article

Access to Newspapers and Journals for Visually Impaired People: The Talking Newspaper Association of the UK

Neil H. McLachlan describes the work and electronic products of the Talking Newspaper Assocation (TNAUK).

July 1997, issue10, review

Access to Scientific Knowledge for Sustainable Development: Options for Developing Countries

Barbara Kirsop, Leslie Chan and Subbiah Arunachalam consider the impact of donor access and open access to research publications on the sustainable development of science in developing countries.

July 2007, issue52, feature article

Access V Holdings, Cranfield

Sarah Ashton reports on an event of interest to the Document Delivery community.

November 1996, issue6, event report

Accessibility Testing and Reporting With TAW3

Patrick Lauke gives a run-down of the free TAW3 tool to aid in accessibility testing of Web pages.

February 2006, issue46, tooled up

Accessibility: CHI 2001 and Beyond

Leona Carpenter reports on the key issue of accessibility as covered at the Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) Conference held in Seattle, and also provides a round-up of sources of further information.

June 2001, issue28, feature article

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

ACM / IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries

John MacColl reports on a selection of the papers given at this conference in Roanoake, Virginia, June 24-28 2001.

October 2001, issue29, event report

ACORN Implemented

Jon Knight and Richard Goodman describe the technical implementation of the ACORN system.

July 1997, issue10, project update

Acrobat a High Flyer: John MacColl Discusses the Success of Adobe Acrobat and PDF

Acrobat a High Flyer: John MacColl discusses the success of Adobe Acrobat and PDF.

January 1997, issue7, feature article

ADAM: Bits and Pieces

Tony Gill presents a few bits and pieces of news regarding the ADAM project which was featured in issue 3 of Ariadne.

November 1996, issue6, 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

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

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