[ddj] Fwd: [sunlightlabs] Superfastmatch

Rico Grimm rico.grimm at googlemail.com
Tue Sep 13 16:42:07 UTC 2011

That is indeed of interest. You probably heard that german defense minister
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg had to step down because he copied large parts of
his PhD-Thesis. It was collaborative, crowdsourced work that showed all the
copied parts of the thesis:
http://de.guttenplag.wikia.com/wiki/GuttenPlag_Wiki. With a tool like that
such investigations will be much easier.

Thanks for the hint, Jonathan!

2011/9/13 Jonathan Gray <jonathan.gray at okfn.org>

> Thought this might be of interest!
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Some of you may have already seen the blog post on the Sunlight Labs
> site ( http://sunlightlabs.com/blog/2011/announcing-superfastmatch/ )
> -- if you have, apologies for the repetition! But I wanted to be sure
> that the folks on this list were aware of Superfastmatch, a new piece
> of software developed by the Media Standards Trust that Sunlight has
> helped to make open source.
> The blog post does a decent job of explaining what the project is
> about.  In a nutshell, SFM provides a highly efficient means to find
> instances of overlapping text between documents on a large scale.  We
> think it's going to be an important tool as we work to quantify the
> spread of ideas and influence through government.  But it's easy to
> imagine other potential uses.
> There's still plenty of work to be done in making SFM more accessible
> to developers and feature-complete (patches are welcome!).  But the
> project is ready to provide useful results right now.  I hope you'll
> give it a spin:
> https://github.com/mediastandardstrust/superfastmatch
> Tom
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