“Platforma Akademia” - Empowering Researchers with Extraordinary Data Material

The gap between those who can use technology effectively in English language and those who cannot may highly affect the education efficiency of Kosovo. Founders Besart Kunushevci and Dorant Gashi have joined their skills of leadership, entrepreneurship and computer science to start a business which will have an impact in our society.

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“Platforma Akademia” - Empowering Researchers with Extraordinary Data Material

August 04, 2017

The gap between those who can use technology effectively in English language and those who cannot may highly affect the education efficiency of our country. By dramatically increasing access to information in Albanian language through electronic resources, Kosovo may sharply boost it’s the overall quality of education through increased access to the latest research information. The benefits from having a better educated population directly leads to the development of a more highly skilled workforce and an improved economy overall.

“Platforma Akademia,” is a promising startup to serve as a bridge that brings the most out of digital resources in Albanian language, while contributing to the academic development and the quality and integrity of education in the region. Platform Academy offers services including: the academic database, the bibliographic function and the anti-plagiarism system. Founders Besart Kunushevci and Dorant Gashi have joined their skills of leadership, entrepreneurship and computer science to start a business which will have an impact in our society.  Besart is responsible for the business development of the startup whereas Dorant is focused on the technical part of the platform.

The aim of Platforma Akademia is to promote educational data material and transparency in Albanian language. The founder’s main values are related to the development of critical thinking of academics, scientists, students and business people. Hence, they believe that the diversity of thoughts and the originality of the scriptures is crucial to the education progress of Kosovo in the global order. Besart says: “We believe in a motivating, innovative and transparent culture. As a business we dependent on the team and the desire to contribute to education.” On the other hand. Safet Rama, Incubator Manager at ICK reflects his optimisms saying: “Startup Platforma Akademia is doing an excellent job which will benefit a lot to the education system in Kosovo, including Albania. “As an incubated startup, Platforma Akademia has benefited from ICK services, and we have helped the startup to get direct contacts with the Ministry of Education and Technology. ICK will continue to support them to turn this business idea into successful company.”

One of the most important services of Platforma Akademia is the academic database which is designed as a helpful research machine for digital documents and publications in Albanian language. This database consists of scientific publications, reports, business research, and other credible documents. This database which is thoroughly organized with highly credible wealth of knowledge serves as a great tool to collect data in Albanian language. The related data and information has been specifically organized to allow search and retrieval or processing and reorganizing. The academic database is time and cost effective as the users do not need to translate or find the physical materials.

The Bibliographic Function at Platforma Akademia offers users the ability to create a Bibliography through quotation forms. This accurate, fast and comprehensive system is created specifically in Albanian language with the tendency to help the students, educators, businesses and governments to become more organized researchers. This bibliographic function shows that the written content is based on extensive reading while easing the finding the resources. Moreover, the platform academy is creating a great Anti-Plagiarism System which is made up of algorithms that enable plagiarism detection in written forms. The system functions through the comparing different documents, while showing a similarity reports followed by sources of borrowing. The service tend to help university people and businesses on checking for plagiarism in electronic submissions through the percentage of text found on other sources available.

The startup is supported by many people and businesses however, Platforma Akadamia also has a board of directors who help on further development of the business. Aferdita Spahiu and Alejtin Berisha are following the progress of the startup step by step while serving as mentors and advisers to help Platforma Akademia reach their goal of a greater education system.

“Platforma Akademia” is already the change we need, as it is giving us an opportunity to raise the quality and integrity of higher education institutions and education in general. 

Author: Rita Vula (ICK’s official blogger)
Copyright: Innovation Centre Kosovo (ICK)



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