Estonian Universities To Employ Plagiarism Detection Technologies

As recently reported by Steve Roman on the English languge site of the Estonian Public Broadcasting authority (ERR) a new drive to combat plagiarism in academic theses is coming to fruition, according to the University of Tartu.

The IT Foundation, in cooperation with most of the larger institutions of higher education in Estonia, has been testing algorithms of the software with a view to launch in August 2013.

The ingenious system compares students’ theses with archives and can even find translated material which has not been cited properly or passed off as original work.

It can also identify stylistic devices which might suggest a professonal ghostwriter has been used.

Head of Tartu University education department Siret Rutiku told ERR radio that ‘plagiarism detection system’ was perhaps a misleading name for the technology, since it was aimed at preventing plagiarism in the first place. She also stressed the need for students and teachers to both be properly informed about the system.

The system is costing 221 570 Euros to implement, paid for by the European Social Fund.

The original article is here.

The project shows how Estonia is acting as a torch bearer, once again, for how the CEE countries ought to be carrying on public life; recent plagiarism scandals have rocked the political world in Romania, where Prime Minister Victor Ponta was accused of having lifted work for his dissertation on Law,  just weeks after the Education Minister of that country stepped down for the same reason, and in April the erstwhile Hungarian Prime Minister Pal Schmitt also stepped down after plagiarism allegations.

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Tallinn Gets First Electric Car Charging Station, Rest Of Estonia To Follow

Estonia blazes the trail to the future once again as the first ever fast charging system for electric cars has been installed in Tallinn, Estonia, according to a report on the Estonian Press Digest from News2biz.

The 51 DC Terra fast charger, installed at the innovation centre at Ülemiste City in Tallinn, requires a much shorter space of time than slower chargers, which would normally require several hours. It is the first of a planned 200 charging stations to be rolled out throughout Estonia by the autumn of 2012 by ABB (the leading power and automation technology group) KredEx (a Government-initiated organization which helps both companies and individuals with financial opportunities) and the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Further to this, the Estonian state has purchased over 500 Mitsubishi IMiEV vehicles for public sector employees.

As regards private users, who have been slower on the uptake, new incentives are also in the offing. A growing range of models is already under way, with the Nissan Leaf plugging the gap for electric family cars (most other models were seen as being too small). Peugeot, Citroen and Mitsubishi as noted are other major players, and most outlets have been dropping their prices in the competition to find buyers.

Furthermore, it is likely that both national and regional Government will provide incentives to buy electric cars, including subsidies and reduced, or completely waived, parking fees in city centres, not to mention the already cheaper running costs the electric cars offer.

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Tallinn, Estonia Now Covered by Google Streetview!

After months of anticipation, Estonia is now fully covered by Google Streetview, as available in Google Maps and Google Earth. The famous streetview cars with their nine-lens cameras have been doing the rounds since they arrived last year, and as with anywhere else that is covered, you can now find almost any property location you want in Tallinn and Estonia, and get a real feel for the neighbourhood before making a investment, wherever you are in the world.

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