As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences prepares for the shift to electronic voting for the Oscars, the organization has promoted Megan Clarke to the new post of Managing Director Information Technology. Clarke will supervise the Academy’s transition to electronic voting for the upcoming 85th Academy Awards as well as other crucial technical initiatives. She reports to Academy COO Ric Robertson. A member of the Academy staff since 2008, Clarke has steered efforts to overhaul the organization’s technological infrastructure and helped to ensure the integrity, longevity and security of millions of pieces of data. In addition to supervising the shift to electronic voting for the Oscars, Clarke will be devising and implementing a unified technology strategy for each of the Academy’s departments and the organization’s overall structure. Short- and long-term technology goals include consolidation of multiple databases as well as a new approach to digital asset management. This initiative will ensure that millions of Academy assets, including posters and still photographs housed at the Margaret Herrick Library, will be efficiently digitized, archived and made accessible.
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