Effie Kapsalis

Chief of Content and Communications Strategy
Smithsonian Institution Archives
USA

Effie Kapsalis, chief of content and communications strategy at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, develops programs to enable participatory cultural heritage and inclusive storytelling in order to make history more accessible. She led the earliest crowdsourcing initiatives at the Smithsonian that opened the doors to their collections and resources, and helped to create the institutional policy to enable wider public participation across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, 9 research centers, libraries, archives, and zoo. While participating in the Smithsonian’s Emerging Leaders Development Program, she conducted critical research demonstrating the benefits of open cultural heritage, which was released at SXSW 2016. She is currently working on a history game for teens as wells as methods for increasing access to the Smithsonian’s rich data resources.