OriginStamp is a web-based, trusted timestamping service that uses the decentralized Bitcoin blockchain to store anonymous, tamper-proof timestamps for any digital content. OriginStamp allows users to hash files, emails, or plain text, and subsequently, store the created hashes in the Bitcoin blockchain as well as retrieve and verify timestamps that have been committed to the blockchain. OriginStamp is free of charge and easy to use and thus allows anyone, e.g., students, researchers, authors, journalists, or artists, to prove that they were the originator of certain information at a given point in time.
CitePlag is the first plagiarism detection system to implement Citation-based Plagiarism Detection (CbPD) – a novel approach capable of detecting also heavily disguised plagiarism in academic texts. Existing plagiarism detection software only examines literal text similarity, and thus typically fails to detect disguised plagiarism forms, including paraphrases, translations, or idea plagiarism. CbPD addresses this shortcoming by additionally analyzing the citation placement in the full-text of documents to form a language-independent semantic “fingerprint” of document similarity
Docear combines a mind-mapping tool with a recommender system for academic literature and a reference manager. The mind maps allow users to organize their ideas and to import the annotations they made while reading PDFs, e.g., comments, highlights or bookmarks. The software works with standard PDF annotations, thus can be used with different PDF viewers.
Co-Citation Proximity Analysis (CPA) is a method to compute both local and global instances of semantic similarity in academic documents by examining citation proximity in the full texts of documents. CPA was developed with two applications in mind: recommender systems and clustering. Regarding the first application, an improved measure of document semantic similarity, which computes similarity at a more fine-grained resolution, has the potential to significantly improve the relevance of academic literature recommendations.
The following group of projects seeks to (semi-)automatically identify slanted news coverage, i.e., media bias, in news articles. Current projects include news-please (an integrated web crawler and information extractor for news articles), NewsBird (a news aggregator that reveals different perspectives in international news topics), and Giveme5W1H (a system that extracts phrases answering the journalistic 5W1H questions).
Mathematics-based Plagiarism Detection is a novel approach to identifying disguised instances of academic plagiarism, such as paraphrases, translations and idea plagiarism, particularly for documents in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Mr. DLib's "Recommendations as a Service" allows operators of academic products to easily integrate a scientific recommender system into their products. The basic idea of Mr. DLib's scientific recommender system is to calculate recommendations for research articles, call for papers, grants, etc. on Mr. DLib's server. Operators of academic products may then request recommendations from Mr. DLib and display the recommendations to their users.
CITREC is an open evaluation framework for citation-based and text-based similarity measures. CITREC prepares the data of two formerly separate collections for a citation-based analysis and provides the tools necessary for performing evaluations of similarity measures.