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A new look to electronic Bandolier

New home page
What's New
Bandolier Knowledge
Bandolier Extra
About us
And finally

Many who read Bandolier in its paper version with a cup of coffee also appreciate the fact that it exists on the Internet, both as a resource for things half-forgotten, and because the Internet version contains much more than appears on paper.

The Bandolier Internet site is now visited about seven million times a year and many more times on mirror intranet sites. For most people Bandolier is the Internet site. Over the next few months the Internet site is going to change to make it more user-friendly, and better reflect the preponderance of electronic readers.

The reasons people use electronic Bandolier are also changing. Many will be professionals in the UK and almost every other country in the world. Personal or practice development plans are being widely adopted, and the reorganisation should facilitate the use of Bandolier in fulfilling those plans. A simple structure will also help lay people trying to find high-quality information on the Internet.

New home page


The new home page will have the same address as now ( www.ebandolier.com , or www.jr2.ox.ac.uk/Bandolier ). The home page will now direct you to one of four new areas to help navigate around.

What's New


Regular visitors want to know what has been added since their last visit, either in the journal (the electronic version of the monthly paper issue) or in other parts of the site. The What's New page will tell them that. It will be an access point for all electronic issues of Bandolier and ImpAct . It will also be the access for facsimile versions of the journal (PDF, or portable document formats) which allow copies of the journal to be printed out from your own computer. The Spanish language edition, Bandolera , will also live here.

Bandolier Knowledge


One of the electronic successes over the last two years has been the growth in the number and extent of resource centres that gather together good knowledge on a topic. Currently there are 33 of these. There is a limit to how much can sensibly be kept even on an electronic page. Some of these will therefore be split and others added, so that the number will increase to 50 quite rapidly, and will grow beyond that.

Bandolier Extra


Another success has been the creation of Web Essays, Internet lectures in effect. Hundreds of copies of these are read and printed every week. To make it easier, especially for those working on their personal development plans, these will be turned into downloadable PDFs under the title of Bandolier Extra.

New essays and reviews will be created. As a first example, a review of the effect of NSAIDs on bone first appeared in November, and an updated version appears in December. Combined with the downloadable What Is series of articles, this will be an important learning resource.

About us


In a world increasingly (and rightly) paranoid about unseen bias, Internet visitors should know who produces material on the site and how it is funded. That's already there on the Bandolier site, but as things develop or change we will seek to find ways of making it more transparent.

And finally


Bandolier prides itself on its relations with readers to ensure that it gives them the knowledge they want in the way that they want it. If you want to let us know what you think, or register for a monthly email alert about What's New, send an email to bandolier@pru.ox.ac.uk .

A number of organisations have also asked about having a Bandolier mirror on their own intranets. We are finding ways of accommodating this, and if you are interested send an email to Maureen Woodford at maureen.woodford@pru.ox.ac.uk .

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