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Electronic Bandolier

No free lunches
Someone pays

Electronic Bandolier

2004 has seen a surge in traffic to the Bandolier Internet site. The approximate annual doubling in traffic has accelerated, and over the last few weeks traffic approached, then exceeded, the figure of 1,000,000 visits in a week. Included were almost 100,000 PDF downloads in a week.

Total traffic will be much more than this. Bandolier exists on a number of Intranets, for instance. In addition, many Bandolier pages are cached on university and medical school websites, and on most of the main search engines. The result is that our measured traffic is likely to be only a fraction of the total readership, and therefore impact.

No free lunches

Electronic Bandolier is free to users: any user, anywhere on the planet, can access our pages free of charge. But electronic Bandolier is not free to produce. We are immensely grateful to the Oxford University Medical School Information Management Services unit for making space on its servers, and the bandwidth, to support the site. Charities, industry, and government have helped through no-strings sponsorship to provide the resources to develop particular parts of the site.

Someone pays

It is inevitable that Internet users will have to make a contribution to resource Bandolier, as do journal subscribers. How and when this will happen is not clear, but happen it must. Bandolier may be free, but it doesn't get into the sky without cost. Someone has to pay, and over the next few months Bandolier will be seeking to find ways Internet readers can be as supportive as those subscribing to the journal.

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