Whilst there has been extensive research and guidance on the nature¬†and issues surrounding¬†text-based plagiarism in Further and Higher Education, there has been relatively little research undertaken on the topic of plagiarism in non-text based media. The Spot the Difference project seeks to address this gap and to undertake research on the meaning, nature, and issues surrounding the complex and nebulous concept of ‘visual plagiarism’, as well as to investigate the potential uses and relevance that visual search technology may have to offer in this area.

The project is a collaboration between the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) at the University for the Creative Arts and the Centre for Vision, Speech, and Signal Processing (CVSSP) at the University of Surrey.

The project is funded through a JISC Learning & Teaching Innovation grant from June 2011 to May 2012.