- Project Name : Anti-Plagiarism software
- Incubatee : Michael Hudson Nkotagu
- Category : ICT
- Project Year : 2020
- Location : Arusha - NM-AIST
- Project Status : Prototype
- Mentor Sabine Moebs, Yonah Zaipuna
The anti-plagiarism software is a web-based solution for plagiarism detection is designed for higher learning and research institutes with a key role to play in ensuring that these institutes produce research output with high quality by significantly reducing the rates of plagiarism. This ensures that research aimed at addressing not only issues in the food and nutrition industry but also other sectors such the education and health is not plagiarized thus creating an environment that fosters innovation and creativity among researchers in Tanzania.
In Tanzania, higher learning and research institutes face several challenges that directly impact the quality of various research output. Plagiarism has been frequently mentioned as one of the serious challenges that greatly affect the quality of output of these institutes. Plagiarism entails the use of someone else’s work or ideas and pretending that it is your own, it has been labelled as cancer that is systematically destroying the foundations of the higher learning and research institutes. Plagiarism is an unethical act and leads to a decline in creativity and innovation in society. Recent advancements in ICT have made plagiarism more prevalent in higher learning and research institutes due to the ease of access to research output that is made publicly available over the internet. Many higher learning institutes are now forced to adopt commercially available software for plagiarism detection to combat this problem. However, most of the commercially available software has been noted to be expensive and are not always effective when it comes to detecting plagiarism that may occur in the local context.