About this blog
The author of this blog is Jim Till. I’m a Senior Scientist (Emeritus) at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto.
I chaired the CIHR Advisory Committee on Access to Research Ouputs (ACARO) when it was created in 2006. I’ve also served (2005-2008) as a member of the Executive Committee of Project Open Source|Open Access at the University of Toronto, see: open.utoronto.ca/
The title for this blog comes from an article which I co-authored in the University of Toronto Bulletin, entitled: “Be openly accessible or be obscure?”. It was published on 11 October 2006.
I also have a page of notes (since 27 October 2007, no longer being updated), entitled: “Research ethics: Internet-based research. Part 2: Publication of research done on-line”, ca916.tripod.com/index-4.html
The purpose of this blog is to focus attention on one aspect of these notes: Open Access (OA), which I regard as an increasingly important issue from the perspective of “Macro-level” Internet research ethics.
This blog was established on November 20, 2006. The only review of it that I’ve seen was included in this blog post: Jim Till: Be Openly Accessible – or Be Obscure, by Heather Morrison, The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics, 4 September 2007.
On August 28, 2008, I also began editing another blog, entitled: “Cancer Stem Cell News“:
A blog of news items related to cancer stem cells, with an emphasis on recent research and articles that are openly accessible.
I’ve had a long-term interest in CSCs. See an OA article about the history of research on CSCs, in Nature Milestones Cancer (2006).