About this blog

The author of this blog is Jim Till. I’m a Senior Scientist (Emeritus) at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre 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. For information about OA at the U of T, 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I also have a page of notes (since 27 October 2007, no longer being updated), entitled: “Research ethics: Internet-based research.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“. I’ve had a long-term interest in cancer stem cells (CSCs). There’s a Wikipedia entry about CSCs at: Cancer stem cell.


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  1. […] Jim Till was a member of the Executive Committee of Project Open Source|Open Access at the University of Toronto and keeps a blog about open acces. On his blog he mentions different kinds of funding for open acces projects. Different countries offer different ways for collecting an amount sufficient enough to start an open acces platform. For example in England there is the Research Council which provides funding and also the UK higher education funding councils. Different providers of funding could be agencies and universities, but Till writes that their budgets are already-stretched. The European Union also can provide money via the Research & Innovation funding program which starts in 2014. The last option that Till mentions is asking the author to contribute. The author needs to calculate the money into his grand proposal, so his funder can pay for publishing it. So, it isn’t easy to gather money, but there are some possibilities to find money and start an open access platform. […]

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