November, 2011

JISC Innovating e-Learning Online Conference

Last week I attended the JISC Innovating e-Learning Online Conference and as part of the pre-conference Activity Week, I also gave a Prezi presentation on the Spot the Difference project:

During the conference several attendees have contacted us who are interested in testing and giving feedback on the project’s pilot visual search tool when it is available in early 2012. During the event we also had some interesting questions and discussion about copyright issues and the lack of a digital equivalent of the DACS blanket slide licensing scheme for Higher Education; the difficulty with using Creative Commons images from Flickr because the person who uploaded the images may not always have the right to grant those rights; as well as applications of visual search technology such as the reverse image search engine by Tineye.

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New article on plagiarism from IdeasTap

VADS was recently interviewed by Caroline Roberts from IdeasTap for an online article on the topic of plagiarism in the creative arts.

IdeasTap is a UK-based creative network and funding body for emerging arts talent. The article entitled ‘Plagiarism: the lowdown’ cites our research project, and also discusses the impact of the Internet on copying, the difference between plagiarism and copyright infringement, and the fact that nothing can be said to be totally original. The article also discusses a number of recent allegations of plagiarism relating to paintings by Bob Dylan, music videos by Beyonce, articles by journalist Johann Hari, and the stationary chain Paperchase.

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