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Earn your Certificate in Image Integrity Assessment!

Awareness of inappropriate text adoption and plagiarism is widespread - even beyond academia. In contrast, the fact that images can also lead to integrity problems in certain disciplines is less well known. Images play a predominant role for many fields in society, but images are often edited, beautified, or manipulated. This course raises awareness of how images are manipulated, it introduces the properties of digital images, and discusses concrete strategies and resources available to analyze the integrity of images.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction to Images

  • How serious is the Problem?

  • Image Manipulation Classification

  • The Properties of a Digital Image

  • Image Manipulation Detection: Forensic Routines

  • Forensic Tools

  • Image Manipulation Detection: Toward an Automated Solution

  • Avoiding Inappropriate Image Manipulation: Guidelines for Image Preparation Across Fields

  • Resources for In-Depth Study


Enhance Your Skills

By taking this course, you will become an expert in recognizing image manipulation.

Broaden Your Perspective

You understand the basics of digital image processing. You will learn the theoretical foundations of image forensics. You gain an overview of relevant research.

Get a Certificate

Support your organization with the newly acquired knowledge. Get a certificate in Image Integrity Assessment!

Become a Practitioner

In this class you learn about forensic tools for image analysis.  Learn workflows and strategies for dealing with manipulated images.


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-Regular Access

249 $ per module

-Student Access

199 $ per module



Dr. Thorsten S. Beck

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Dr. Thorsten Beck wrote his Doctoral Dissertation on "Shaping Images. Scholarly Perspectives on Image Manipulation".

Dr. Thorsten S. Beck has profound experience as a museum curator and worked several years as a project manager for the Jewish Museum Berlin for the Berlin University of Applied Sciences and for the agency BERGZWO communication + concepts. Since 2012 he has carried out research at the Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin where he wrote his doctoral dissertation on the topic of scholarly image manipulations. Since 2016 he is working for the HEADT Centre as a post doctoral researcher, lecturer and image analyst. Thorsten studied Jewish Studies, Politics and German Literature at Freie Universität Berlin and as a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) fellow at the Hebrew University Jerusalem.


Fields of Interest:

“I want to deepen the understanding of whether academics follow established guidelines when creating or manipulating images. I am interested in what tools are available to measure and prove manipulation after the fact, and I am exploring what steps the academic community can take to promote and maintain research integrity in relation to work with images.”

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