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Open Access research that explores socio-technical phenomena & evolving information systems & behaviours...

Strathprints makes available scholarly Open Access content by researchers within the Department of Computer & Information Sciences working as part of the Strathclyde iSchool Research Group (SiRG). The SiRG specialises in understanding how people search for information and explores interactive search tools that support their information seeking and retrieval tasks. This research work also includes investigations into information behaviour, how users engage with information and the legal and ethical issues arising from information use.

Explore the Open Access research by the SiRG, or theDepartment of Computer & Information Sciences more generally. Or explore all of Strathclyde's Open Access research...

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EPrints Request Button: personal data

Any personal data you provide in placing a manuscript request via the EPrints Request Button feature will only be processed for the purpose of fulfilling the request and in compliance with GDPR and relevant UK Data Protection legislation in force at the time. It will ultimately be deleted in line with our current retention periods.

If you have any general enquiries on Data Protection at the University please consult its policy.