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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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Public Libraries

Penny Garrod's second outing in Ariadne as Public Libraries Focus.

April 2002, issue31, regular column

Web Focus: Guidelines for URI Naming Policies

Brian Kelly with some guidelines For URI naming policies in his regular column.

April 2002, issue31, tooled up

Web Watch: Update of a Survey of the Numbers of UK University Web Servers

Brian Kelly updates a survey of the numbers of UK university Web servers.

April 2002, issue31, tooled up

Editorial Introduction to Issue 32: The Grid -The Web Twenty Years On?

Philip Hunter with the editorial for Ariadne issue 32.

July 2002, issue32, editorial

The Evolution of an Institutional E-prints Archive at the University of Glasgow

William Nixon with some practical advice based on the Glasgow experience.

July 2002, issue32, feature article

Learning Objects and the Information Environment

Ian Dolphin and Paul Miller discuss the place of Learning Objects in the wider environment of learning.

July 2002, issue32, feature article

Another Piece of Cake?

Anders Ardö, Sigfrid Lundberg and Ann-Sofie Zettergren with an overview of the history of Netlab, now ten years old.

July 2002, issue32, feature article

NetLab's Digital Library Gâteau

Jessica Lindholm reports from the conference "NetLab and friends: Tribute and outlook after 10 years of digital library development". The conference was held in Lund, Sweden 10-12 April 2002.

July 2002, issue32, feature article

First Impressions of Ex Libris's Metalib: Talking about a Revolution?

Nick Lewis outlines key issues in the implementation of a cross-searching portal using Metalib.

July 2002, issue32, feature article

Electronic Theses and Dissertations: A Strategy for the UK

by John MacColl considers a strategy for electronic theses and dissertations in the United Kingdom.

July 2002, issue32, feature article

QA Focus

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

July 2002, issue32, feature article

Public Libraries: Building Better Library Services

Penny Garrod on the recently published Audit Commission Report: Building Better Library Services.

July 2002, issue32, regular column

Planet SOSIG

Debra Hiom with a report which covers: the launch of Citizenship Past; a new VTS Tutorial for European Studies; and an update on the SOSIG Portals Project.

July 2002, issue32, regular column

Web Focus: Report On The Sixth Institutional Web Management Workshop

Brian Kelly with a report on the Sixth Institutional International Web Management Workshop held this year at the University of Strathclyde.

July 2002, issue32, tooled up

Internet 2 Spring Member Meeting

John Paschoud reports on an Internet2 meeting, Arlington, Virginia, 6th – 8th May 2002, which discussed Networks, Applications and Middleware.

July 2002, issue32, event report

The Information Grid

Ariadne reports on a one-day workshop on 'an interoperable environment to support research, learning and teaching' held at the e-Science Institute in Edinburgh, April 30, 2002.

July 2002, issue32, event report

Open Archive Forum Workshop: Creating a European Forum on Open Archives

Ariadne reports on the Open Archives Forum's First Workshop: Creating a European Forum on Open Archives. Pisa, 13-14 May 2002. CNR, Pisa.

July 2002, issue32, event report

Utilizing E-books to Enhance Digital Library Offerings

Shirley Hyatt and Lynn Silipigni Connaway, describe the rationale and background of OCLC's acquisition of netLibrary, the information environment that is being pursued, and the resulting benefits that libraries may experience.

October 2002, issue33, feature article

Climbing the Scholarly Publishing Mountain With SHERPA

John MacColl and Stephen Pinfield explore the SHERPA project, which is concentrating on making e-prints available online.

October 2002, issue33, feature article

Web Focus: Let's Get Serious about HTML Standards

Brian Kelly encourages authors to treat compliance with HTML standards seriously.

October 2002, issue33, tooled up

Windows Explorer: The Index Server Companion

Brett Burridge describes the Index Server Companion, an application he has created that allows Microsoft Index Server to index content from remote websites and ODBC databases.

October 2002, issue33, tooled up

Web Watch: An Accessibility Analysis of UK University Entry Points

Brian Kelly reports on the accessibility of entry points of UK University Web sites.

October 2002, issue33, tooled up

Portals, Portals Everywhere

Ian Dolphin, Paul Miller and Robert Sherratt report on two conferences over the summer which explored the progress being made in deploying institutional portals of various forms.

October 2002, issue33, event report

OCLC-SCURL: Collaboration, Integration and Recombinant Potential

Pete Johnston reports on the New Directions in Metadata conference, 15-16 August, in Edinburgh

October 2002, issue33, event report

Cultural Heritage Language Technologies: Building an Infrastructure for Collaborative Digital Libraries in the Humanities

Jeffrey Rydberg-Cox describes the work of the Cultural Heritage Language Technologies consortium, a research group funded by the European Comission Information Society Technologies program and the United States National Science Foundation Digital Libraries Initiative.

January 2003, issue34, feature article

DAEDALUS : Freeing Scholarly Communication at the University of Glasgow

William J. Nixon presents a brief overview of the DAEDALUS Open Archives Project at the University of Glasgow.

January 2003, issue34, feature article

Public Libraries: Creating Websites for E-citizens -The Public Library Web Managers Workshop 2002

Penny Garrod reports on the Public Library Web Managers workshop, November 2002, held in Bath.

January 2003, issue34, event report

Web Watch: A Survey of Web Server Software Used by UK University Web Sites

Brian Kelly with an update of his survey of server software used by central Web sites in UK Universities.

January 2003, issue34, tooled up

The 2nd Workshop on the Open Archives Initiative (OAI)

William Nixon and Pauline Simpson report on the meeting held at CERN, Geneva, in October 2002.

January 2003, issue34, event report

Hidden Treasures: The Impact of Moving Image and Sound Archives in the 21st Century

Philip Hunter reports on the one day meeting on multimedia objects in the British Library, London, October 2002.

January 2003, issue34, event report

The Personalisation of the Digital Library

Michelle Perrott and Anne Ramsden report on the Joint Open University - Universitat Oberta de Catalunya Seminar on Personalisation and Digital Libraries hosted at the Open University, October 2002.

January 2003, issue34, event report

Book Review: The Library and Information Professional's Guide to Plug-ins and Other Web Browser Tools

Book review by Ruth Martin.

January 2003, issue34, review

Newsline: News You Can Use

Ariadne presents a brief summary of news and events.

January 2003, issue34, news and events

ePrints UK: Developing a National E-prints Archive

Ruth Martin describes the technical work of the ePrints UK project, and outlines the non-technical issues that must also be addressed if the project is to deliver a national e-prints service

April 2003, issue35, 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

Functionality in Digital Annotation: Imitating and Supporting Real-world Annotation

Richard Waller looks at both pre-digital and digital concepts of annotation, with a view to how annotation tools might be used in the subject-gateway environment.

April 2003, issue35, feature article

What Features in a Portal?

Geoff Butters analyses the features found in various types of portal, and includes a comparison with the planned features for the JISC Subject Portals.

April 2003, issue35, feature article

Mandated Online RAE CVs Linked to University Eprint Archives: Enhancing UK Research Impact and Assessment

Stevan Harnad, Les Carr, Tim Brody and Charles Oppenheim make a case for maximising the advantages and the UK's pre-eminence in the Research Assessment Exercise.

April 2003, issue35, feature article

Free Full-text E-journals and EEVL's Engineering E-journal Search Engine

Nicola Harrison and Roddy MacLeod describe what EEVL has to offer in the area of e-journals.

April 2003, issue35, regular column

Web Focus: A Standards-Based Culture for Web Site Development

Brian Kelly outlines strategies for choosing appropriate standards for building Web sites.

April 2003, issue35, tooled up

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