Tactile Data

towards a phenomenology of human-data relations.

Plagiarism Visualized


In March 2011, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, Germany’s defense minister, resigned  after admitting that he plagiarized his PhD dissertation.

Gregor Aisch visualized Guttenberg’s dissertation, highlighting the plagiarized portions.
Large bars = normal text line, small bars = footnote line. Dark red bars stand for full rip-offs and masked rip-offs, red bars represent other plagiarism categories (german).

Source: Guttenplag-Wiki.

On: vis4.net
Via: Flowing Data


  1. I am now writing my dissertation….Should the Plagiarism check be available like spelling check or words counting?
    Will be a moment in the human history when won’t be possible to distinct an original line or a thought?

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