Mark Conrad

Mark Conrad is an archivist with over thirty years’ experience working with archival electronic records. He retired from the National Archives and Records Administration on Halloween, 2019 after 28 years of service. Among other activities he designed, developed, and ran labs dedicated to research on long term preservation of digital materials; and participated in, managed, evaluated, or served as a subject matter expert on cross-discipline research projects addressing issues related to digital preservation and curation. He is one of the Co-Founders of the Advanced Information Collaboratory (AIC)
Over the years, he has appraised, accessioned, arranged, described, preserved, and provided access to electronic records across a range of organizations from the Executive Office of the President, to the State Department, to various components of the Department of Defense and records from the administrative computing center at Penn State University.
For over a decade he has been a member of the working group that developed and maintains ISO 14721 - Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System and ISO 16363 - Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories and related standards. The working group is currently working on the next versions of these two standards.
He has taught students and professionals about electronic records in a variety of settings using different methods. For the 1995-96 academic year he received a Senior Fulbright Scholar award to teach electronic records courses for graduate students and working professionals at University College Dublin, Ireland. From 2008 to 2010 he designed and taught an online electronic records management course, for working professionals around the world, for the University of Dundee, Scotland.
Mark holds an M. A. in Public History from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and a B.A. in History and Political Science from MacMurray College.

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