By Daniel Adejo
Nigeria has launched an homegrown plagiarism detection software, code named “EagleScan”.
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo who was the Special Guest at the Public Presentation & Launching of EagleScan Plagiarism Detection Software in Abuja, staid plagiarism is a form of corruption, describing the act as stealing of intellectual property.
Prof. Osinbajo who commended the initiative for its zero tolerance for plagiarism, which he said was “part of the core mandates of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration” said the Federal government is fully committed to support all initiatives that will continue to build and enhance the integrity of higher institutions”.
The Vice President represented by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Dr. Ramon Yusuf, emphasised the need to institutionalise an anti-plagiarism policy in all higher institutions, which according to him, will encompass various aspects of Plagiarism.
“Having the software is one aspect of the battle against plagiarism; universities must take concrete steps to institutionalise anti-plagiarism policy that forbids all aspects of the intellectual theft”.
“For so long the issues of Plagiarism amongst others such as copyrights as well as abuses of infrigements have robbed our universities the much desired integrity”
Chairman of the Occasion and the Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Higher Education, Prof. Sandy Onor, said the software will address the challenge of academic research authentication and validation, as the software integrates global open source and closed source repositories, local Open Education Repositories and it allows users to validate title abstracts and generate originality report.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, applauded the indigenous anti-plagiarism software saying it will facilitate the desired quality expected in institutions of higher learning.
Secretary General, Committee of Vice Chancellors, Prof. Yakubu Ochefu said the cost of development, deployment, maintenance and marketing of the software over the next three years, is projected at a total sum of N251,298,000.00.
“A substantial part of this cost is for licensing closed user databases and repositories. For now, CVC Secretariat is hosting the Secretariat for the Eagle Scan Technical Team”
Prof. Ochefu explained that the main features of the software includes, Plagiarism Checker, Peer Review, Document Comparison, Grammar Checker, Similarity Index, Grade Mark, Local and foreign Language Support/Converter, Local/Global Repository, Title/Abstract Validation, LMS Integration, Report Download, User Account Management, and Self-Archival Interface.
He said the Software also comes with a very robust artificial intelligence-driven data analytics and visualization engine.