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Finders, Keepers, Losers, Seekers: A Study of Academics’ Research-Related Personal Information Collections

  • Mashael Al-Omar
  • Andrew Cox
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8016)

Abstract

In conducting their research, scholars are not only information seekers, they are information keepers and managers as well. This paper describes a study of seventeen scholars from Education and Health disciplines (College of Nursing and Health Science College) in the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET), Kuwait and their research-related personal information collections. A model explaining the size, diversity, hybridity and fragmentation of these collections to immediate and underlying causes is presented.

Keywords

Personal Information Management Human Computer Interaction Information Behavior Information Practice Information Retrieval 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mashael Al-Omar
    • 1
  • Andrew Cox
    • 1
  1. 1.Information SchoolUniversity of SheffieldUK

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