June 17, 2007

Fighting Plagiarism

The Internet's growing band of plagiarists are about to meet their worst nightmare, a program that claims to be able to detect copy theft in any text document.Russian information software company SearchInform Technologies has just released PlagiatInform 1.0, a professional anti-plagiarism tool that aims not only to spot whole-document copying, but even suspect passages within larger documents.The system works by comparing received or input documents with a database of those already held. If suspected copying is rated as low, the system then divides documents into paragraphs and compares them with its store to find partial copying. If smaller-scale plagiarism is suspected, it highlights what it believes to be the source of the text.
According to the company, the software can be used in a way that lets geographically diverse offices access the same document database. The system can also handle large volumes of document searching. Details of the licensing required for such use have not been disclosed.