2021-06-22 08:55Press release

ENAI 2021: Ouriginal Presented on Stylometry, Ghostwriter Detection and New Results in EdTech Research

ENAI 2021: Ouriginal presented on stylometry, ghostwriter detection and new results in EdTech research

(STOCKHOLM, 22 June 2021) - Ouriginal, Europe's leading provider of plagiarism detection and prevention solutions,  recently participated in the "European Conference on Academic Integrity and Plagiarism 2021", hosted by the European Network for Academic Integrity (ENAI). In addition to informative exchanges with researchers and companies in the field of academic integrity, Ouriginal presented on two  pertinent topics.

This year, ENAI’s 'European Conference on Academic Integrity and Plagiarism 2021' took place from June 9-11. This conference was held virtually for the second time, and was organized simultaneously by Uppsala University (Sweden) and Brno University (Czech Republic) - two member organizations of ENAI. As every year, researchers in the field of Academic Integrity gathered to present and discuss the latest research findings.

Focus on the impact of the pandemic on EdTech solutions

As a long-time supporter of the academic research community around this topic, and a decades-long pioneer in the field of text analytics for plagiarism prevention, Ouriginal was, as it has been for many years, one of the conference's Gold Sponsors. At the heart of the conference was the issue that has gripped the world and the educational landscape since March 2020, bringing profound changes to the field of academic integrity and plagiarism prevention as well: the impact of the Corona pandemic on education and teaching. However, this has not only led to an improved recognition of EdTech solutions, but has also increased the demands on application areas and features. At the same time, the psychological challenges of both teachers and learners due to often digital-only teaching were discussed again and again: The issue of digital literacy, which should go far beyond the operation of a hardware device, was raised repeatedly.

Presentations by Ouriginal on stylometry and ghostwriting

In this and other contexts, the role of text analytics solutions for plagiarism detection in education was  continually highlighted in several sessions in various ways. This year, there was a panel discussion with leading EdTech vendors, with Peter Witasp, Chief Product Officer at Ouriginal, representing the company and emphasizing that in the end, the results displayed by any software are not the ultimate truth, but must always be judged by the respective teachers. In another session, Verena Kunz-Gehrmann, chief marketing officer at Ouriginal, discussed the role of stylometry in detecting ghostwriters and the underlying 'peer group similarity' hypothesis with the research community.

Awarded for outstanding research

Part of the reason for this was the proliferation of 'academic contract work' by so-called ghostwriters, who write papers for learners and students of all levels (from term papers to dissertations) for relatively little money. As a supporter of the community, and in light of the particular challenges of the past year, Ouriginal would like to extend special congratulations to this year's recipients of the ENAI Awards for their commitment to protecting academic integrity. The following awards were presented to outstanding researchers:

  • Exemplary Research Award: Zeenath Reza Khan
  • Outstanding Member Award: Sonja Bjelobaba
  • Special Award for Pandemic Response: UOWD Conference organizing committee
  • Exemplary Activism Award: Debora Weber-Wulff
  • Outstanding Student Award: Veronika Králiková
  • Tracey Bretag ENAI Memorial Award: Teddi Fishman

Academic integrity gets recognition

"In summary, as every year, the conference was a great success. By sharing the various research findings, not only was the importance of academic research in academic integrity, highlighted, but it also increased attention and acceptance for the importance of maintaining academic integrity in educational institutions," says Andreas Ohlson, CEO of Ouriginal.

Intelligent plagiarism detection

Also, a topic of discussion was Ouriginal's solution itself: The software platform combines proven and reliable similarity checking algorithms with features that educators increasingly consider as must-haves: Authorship verification for ghostwriting detection and plagiarism detection for translations from one language to another. The solution integrates seamlessly with the most popular Learning Management Systems (LMS) and is an efficient tool for any organization that wants to protect academic integrity and promote originality.

Ouriginal’s solutions enable educators to find text matches  in submitted content irrespective of language, and also provides insights into the development of the writing skills of students. For more information on the product, please visit www.ouriginal.com.

If you are interested in discussing the role of EdTech solutions in a pandemic world and beyond with Mr. Ohlson or another representative of Ouriginal, please reach out to press@ouriginal.com

About Ouriginal

Ouriginal is a text-matching software used to assess the originality of any given text. It was born when two companies, PlagScan and Urkund came together with the goal of offering a bold solution that enhances students' potential to think original and saves teachers’ time when evaluating assignments. With more than three decades of combined knowledge and expertise, we deliver cutting-edge technology, catering to our customers' needs.

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Verena Kunz-Gehrmann
Head of Marketing
Verena Kunz-Gehrmann
Verena heads up marketing and communications at Ouriginal. She is the person to get in contact with if you want to know more about the Ouriginal story.