Vice President – Director of Archives and Collections Management
Mark Evans is recognized as a leading expert on digital archiving issues, challenges, and the range of available solutions. He offers clients a rare combination of engineering expertise and archival understanding, which are essential and complementary considerations for establishing a successful digital archiving program. He has over a decade of experience in delivering a broad range of consulting and technology-centric projects across multiple business and government sectors.
Prior to joining History Associates, Mr. Evans worked as the Digital Archives Practice Manager for Tessella Inc. where he provided oversight and direction of the company’s digital archiving activities in North America. He developed and executed on a broad set of consultancy projects focused on helping commercial and government organizations prepare for and implement digital archiving strategies and solutions. This included program and digital collection assessments, readiness assessments, business process re-engineering efforts, policy and requirements definition, technology recommendations and selections, solution implementation and end user training.
Mr. Evans played a significant role in many cutting edge digital archiving projects in both Europe and the United States. These include:
- Senior developer for the world’s first national digital archive for the UK National Archives
- Lead systems engineering role on the Electronic Records Archive (ERA) program at NARA
- Senior Architect for the Data Conservancy project at Johns Hopkins University
- Project lead for a multi petabyte digital archiving solution for FamilySearch
- Consultancy support for establishing a cloud based digital preservation solution
- Digital Archiving strategy and policy development for several major pharmaceutical organizations
Mr. Evans is a regular presenter at conferences and industry events on digital preservation issues. Highlights include AIMM 2006, American Association of Law Libraries 2007, the Nuclear Industry Record Managers Association conference in 2007, Preservation and Archives Special Interest Group (PASIG) conferences in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013, Best Practices Exchange (BPE) in 2012, 2013, iPres 2012 and Society of American Archivists (SAA) in 2013.
Mr. Evans has provided several archiving seminars, and educational workshops, including a two-day session at the Canadian Library of Parliament in 2008, and a boot camp workshop at the Digital Library Foundation conference in 2012. He is a regular guest lecturer for the University of Illinois and Catholic University masters programs on data curation.
Mr. Evans is an active participant in the National Digital Stewardship Alliance and contributes to several of their initiatives on digital preservation.