[rumori] turnitin.com

From: Steev Hise (steevATdetritus.net)
Date: Fri Apr 05 2002 - 09:07:25 PST

an antiplagiarism service marketed to teachers. i havent tried
their free trial yet but apparently they have a search engine
that analyzes text and tells you if it's plagiarised. here's a
blurb on how it works:

    * First, we make a 'digital fingerprint' of any submitted
document using a specially developed set of algorithms.

    * The document's 'fingerprint' is cross-referenced against
our local database containing hundreds of thousands of papers.

    * At the same time, we release automated web crawlers to
scour the rest of the Internet for possible matches.

    * Finally, we create a custom, color coded 'originality
report', complete with source links, for each paper.


I love the sound of "originality report". it would be interesting
if you could exclude a certain author from the search and then
run a fragment of his writing through the engine, to see whether
HIS work is "original". but i doubt that functionality is

Also take note of the photos they use to decorate their site.
it's like they are evoking some "good old days" of education,
perhaps when things were "more original."


Steev Hise, Curator
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