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Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture (PDT&C)

Editor-in-Chief: Gibbons, Leisa / Gracy, Karen F.

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Digital V-Mail and the 21st Century Soldier: Preliminary Findings from the Virtual Footlocker Project

Edward A. Benoit III
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  • School of Library & Information Science, Louisiana State University 269 Coates Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 United States of America
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Published Online: 2017-04-28 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pdtc-2017-0023


Changes in technology challenge the preservation of personal military communication and documentary records. The Virtual Footlocker Project addresses this issue through the development of an open-source, cross-platform system or application for capturing and preserving the personal communication and documentary record of the modern soldier. This article discusses the preliminary findings of the project’s survey of veterans’ and active-duty personnel’s use of communication and documentary methods.

Keywords: Digital Preservation; Military Records; Personal Archives

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Published Online: 2017-04-28

Citation Information: Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture, Volume 46, Issue 1, Pages 17–31, ISSN (Online) 2195-2965, ISSN (Print) 2195-2957, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/pdtc-2017-0023.

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