On July 12, Michael Seadle and Thorsten Beck from the HEADT Centre research integrity group organized an education and learning event with doctoral students from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The aim of the workshop was to introduce participants to aspects of plagiarism, data fraud and image manipulation. We discussed in depth a grayscale model that supports decision-making processes when analyzing and judging plagiarism.
In the discussion, students were eager to learn about potential tools that may facilitate preventing plagiarism in their dissertations and about how university committees make their decisions. It became reasonably clear that by far not all cases that cause trouble can be judged as plagiarism, but occasionally occur due to errors. Participants of the workshop had a background in the humanities, such as history and social sciences as well as library and information science.