Pamela Wright Named 1st Natl Archives Chief Innovation Officer; David Ferriero Comments

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The National Archives and Records Administration has appointed 11-year agency veteran Pamela Wright to the newly-created position of chief innovation officer, with responsibility for developing new ways to share records with the public.

The agency says this represents Wright’s second time serving in a newly-created position, as she was the agency’s first chief digital access strategist and launched many of the agency’s social media platforms.

In her new position, the agency says she also plans to create a network for developing and launching collaborative projects, raising public challenges and forming partnerships with archivists, industry and academic institutions.

“This new office is charged with fostering a culture of innovation at the National Archives and I am pleased that Pamela Wright has been selected to lead it,” said David Ferriero, archivist of the United States.

Wright also created the agency’s Citizen Archivist Dashboard, which uses crowdsourcing to tag, transcribe and edit articles and also supports uploading and sharing of scans or images of records.

She also promoted the agency’s first online internal communication tool, dubbed the Internal Collaboration Network.

Wright also serves as the agency’s representative for the White House Open Government Working Group.

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