swordPopulous was used in the Software Ontology (SWO) project.  SWO is a resource for describing software tools, their types, tasks, versions, provenance and data associated. SWO is part of the JISC funded SWORD project (Software Ontology for Resource Description), an inter-disciplinary effort to capture software descriptions used in the preservation of data. The work is a collaboration between the European Bioinformatics Institute and the University of Manchester.

To make it easier to describe software tools, SWO created an Excel spreadsheet using Populous The spreadsheet is available for download.