The Spot the Difference! project brings together the University for the Creative Arts and the University of Surrey in a new partnership focusing on visual plagiarism.

Spot the Difference!

Summary

The Spot the Difference! project brings together the University for the Creative Arts and the University of Surrey in a new partnership focusing on visual plagiarism.

The project is being led by the Visual Arts Data Service at the University for the Creative Arts, and will pilot the use of visual search tools developed by the Centre for Vision, Speech, and Signal Processing at the University of Surrey, and test their application to learning and teaching in the arts and the issue of visual plagiarism.

Whilst there has been extensive research and guidance on the issue of text-based plagiarism, there has been very little research undertaken in the area of visual plagiarism. The Spot the Difference! project seeks to address this gap, and in particular to explore the potential application, relevance, and impact that visual search technology may have to offer in this highly complex area.

The Visual Arts Data Service is a research centre of the University for the Creative Arts and holds the national image repository on behalf of the arts sector, a collection of over 120,000 digitised images from universities, art colleges, libraries, museums and archives across the UK.  The Centre for Vision, Speech, and Signal Processing is the largest UK academic research centre exploring topics in image and video analysis, with 110 researchers and ranked 2nd in the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise.  The Centre has pioneered visual search technologies utilising the ‘bag of visual words’ framework which will be utilised in the demonstrator for the Spot the Difference project.

Objectives

The project sets out to:

• Enhance learning and teaching in the visual and creative arts and specifically to enhance understanding of the nature and issues around visual plagiarism;
• Leverage visual search technology and apply it for the first time to the issue of visual plagiarism;
• Help students understand the nature of plagiarism and copyright and develop referencing skills in the complex area of visual resource citation;
• Help staff to identify or confirm suspected cases of visual plagiarism which may have gone unconfirmed due to the time and difficulty involved in finding the relevant online visual sources;
• Explore how the tool could provide a mechanism for staff and students to protect their own visual works.

Anticipated Outputs and Outcomes

The project has two main outputs:

• Firstly, the project will collate existing knowledge, experience, and perceptions of academics, learning support staff, and senior management in the arts education sector surrounding the issues, nature, and extent of visual plagiarism and gather key requirements for an identification and detection system.
• Secondly, the project will develop a visual search demonstrator.  The project will test the ability to upload an image which will be compared against the images hosted by VADS, utilising the ‘bag of visual words’ framework.  Feedback on the pilot will be gathered from staff and students at a selection of specialist arts institutions.

Documents

Final report (Word)

Project Staff

Project Manager

Amy Robinson, VADS, University for the Creative Arts, amy@vads.ac.uk, 01252 892723

Project Team

Leigh Garrett, VADS Director, University for the Creative Arts, lgarrett@ucreative.ac.uk, 01252 892721

 Dr John Collomosse, Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing, University of Surrey, J.Collomosse@surrey.ac.uk, 01483 686035

Documents & Multimedia

Summary
Start date
1 June 2011
End date
31 May 2012
Funding programme
e-Learning programme
Strand
Learning and teaching innovation grants
Project website
Lead institutions

University for the Creative Arts

http://www.ucreative.ac.uk

VADS

http://www.vads.ac.uk

Partner institutions

Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing

University of Surrey

http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/cvssp/

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