Category Archives: Writing

Survey on research data!

Funding institutions increasingly require scientists to make their research data accessible and reusable in research data repositories. However, the management of research data in African studies is just in its beginnings, and in part accompanied by uncertainties about how it should be implemented. Not least, in African studies, research data are particularly sensitive with regard…
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Unicode – Characters (Part 5)

An interactive scrolling of all previously recorded 137,374 Unicode characters, which are listed in 285 blocks and currently include 146 fonts from around the world (as of 2018), can be viewed on the website of Babelstone. (The hexadecimal encoding of the characters also runs through the scroll.) Further Search Options An approximate idea of where…
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Unicode – Characters (Part 4)

Even more common than encoding in the decimal system is encoding in the hexadecimal system in Unicode. Now you may wonder why you cannot just stick to working with decimal codes. The world of computers, however, is a world of bits and bytes; it works mainly with binary numbers. Unicode in the hexadecimal system In…
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Unicode – Characters (Part 3)

Once you have found, in one of the various Unicode tables, the decimal codes for the characters of different writing systems that you would like to insert into your document, you can start "typing" the characters on the computer keyboard. This only requires a few steps. Keyboard inputs in the Unicode decimal system ("Windows Alt…
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Unicode – Characters (Part 2)

Creating and editing foreign-language documents is one of the tasks scientists often are engaged with. It is thus convenient, if they may enter their texts also in the original languages and use for that purpose the appropriate characters. The character codes of the Unicode standard offer the means to do so. But where, for example,…
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Unicode – Characters (Part 1)

If you work a lot with foreign languages, you might also wish to enter characters from other writing systems into your word processor, whether it be Arabic characters, special characters developed from Latin, African writing systems like Adlam or Bamum, Ethiopian characters or Meroitic hieroglyphics. However, this is not always easy, since the preinstalled software…
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Green Open Access or Self-Archiving Rights (Part 4)

Since not all academic authors exercise their right to secondary publication, some universities and other institutions now want to commit their employees to self-archiving. However, the idea of a "duty of secondary publication" is met with criticism from some scholars. Secondary publication as a right or a duty? The secondary publication right, i.e. the right…
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Green Open Access or Self-Archiving Rights (Part 3)

According to German law, authors have the right to self-archive their academic articles on the internet one year after the print publication. However, this right applies only within Germany, and is, moreover, limited to non-university staff. The German Copyright Act authorizes authors to make a secondary publication or self-archive their scientific articles on the internet…
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Green Open Access or Self-Archiving Rights (Part 2)

According to German copyright law, a one-year embargo period hast to be observed for scholarly articles before secondary publication. After that, self-archiving of the manuscript is permissible in most cases. German secondary publication law does not include books, chapters in books, or articles in once-only works, such as individual conference proceedings or commemorative publications (Festschrift).…
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Green Open Access or Self-Archiving Rights (Part 1)

German copyright law allows authors under certain circumstances to make a copy of a scholarly work available online (/self-archiving) after having published it with a publisher. Many scholars are familiar with the experience: they just published a new article or they meet new colleagues at a conference when the question comes up where their work…
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