CFL Software Limited was founded in 1994 by David Woolls, who has been involved with computational forensic linguistics since the mid-1980s.
The predominant work until the last five years has been producing tools for the identification and prevention of plagiarism, collusion and infringement of copyright. The growth of the company has resulted from the interest in both the legal sector and the web community in the high precision identification of similarity required for evidential data. This has driven the development of a search engine which uses clauses, sentences or whole documents as search input and the design and implementation of real-time monitoring tools for web use. In 2017 David was an invited speaker at PIUG in Atlanta, Georgia and at ICIC in Heidelberg
Our primary business is the provision of consultancy services to professional, legal, governmental and research organisations in the fields of authorship attribution casework, advice on plagiarism prevention and detection, and implementation of document monitoring programs for time-critical applications.
Publications by David Woolls
- The entry on Plagiarism in the Elsevier Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics 2nd Edition (2006)
- The chapter Computational Forensic Linguistics: Searching for similarity in large specialised corpora in The Routledge Handbook of Forensic Linguistics (2010/2016)
- The chapter Detecting Plagiarism in the Oxford Handbook of Language and Law (2012)
- The chapter Who wrote this? The linguist as detective in Introducing Applied Linguistics: Concepts and Skills (2009) (with Dr Alison Johnson of the University of Leeds)
- Papers in: Forensic Linguistics: The International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law (1998 and 2003); Studies in Bibliography (2003), on computer-assisted authorship identification of 18th century pamphlets, (with Professor Pamela Clemit of Durham University)
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