Report: “How the National Archives (NARA) is Using AI To Make Records More Accessible in the Digital Age”
Colleen Shogan, the Archivist of the United States, discussed the National Archives‘ digital transition and use of artificial intelligence as part of a broader public conversation Thursday evening at the Seattle Public Library, led by Brad Smith, the Microsoft president, and organized by the National Archives Foundation.
- The National Archives is training an AI bot to extract the DD-214 forms that summarize a person’s military record from large digital files, freeing up staff to work on more complicated requests.
- To streamline responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, the National Archives is in the early stages of working to implement AI to automatically redact personally identifiable information.
- For the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026, the Archives is working with Microsoft to develop an interactive exhibit that will provide a personalized experience using AI. Visitors’ interests will be used to recommend relevant records to them.
- The Archives is experimenting with different ways to adapt to new digital platforms. For example, when the Emancipation Proclamation was on display for Juneteenth, the Archives invited social media influencers create videos about it for platforms like TikTok, Instagram, and Twitter.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.