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Smithsonian Institution, 2018
In December 2017, the Smithsonian unveiled a new Strategic Plan. It expands on the "Grand Challenges"--Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe, Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet, Valuing World Cultures, Understanding the American Experience, and Magnifying the Transformative Power of Arts and Design--by setting goals to…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Institutional Mission, Annual Reports, Public Agencies
Smithsonian Institution, 2018
The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum, education, and research complex, with 19 museums and the National Zoo--shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing resources with the world. The Smithsonian's vision is by 2022, the institution will build on it's unique strengths to engage and…
Descriptors: Museums, Strategic Planning, Educational Planning, Educational Objectives
Smithsonian Institution, 2016
As a trust instrumentality of the United States, the Smithsonian is committed to the goals which Executive Order 13693 set for federal agencies, and is focused on making improvements in environmental, energy, and economic performance. As stated in the current Smithsonian Strategic Plan, one of the four grand challenges we have undertaken is…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Sustainability, Museums, Institutional Mission
Smithsonian Institution, 2016
This year, as every year, was a period of change, innovation and great progress for the Smithsonian. Among many accomplishments, the Smithsonian marked an extraordinary milestone: the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This breathtaking museum gives proper place, now and forever, to a vital part of America's…
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Museums, Exhibits, Arts Centers
Smithsonian Institution, 2015
In 2015, the Smithsonian welcomed hundreds of thousands of people to the newly renovated Renwick Gallery (p. 6), their scientists peered to the edge of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way (p. 18), and their anthropologists helped identify the remains of leaders of the Jamestown colony (p. 28). The theme of this year's annual report is…
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Museums, Exhibits, Arts Centers
Smithsonian Institution, 2015
Imagine being able to access all known information about an insect species--whether it was discovered 100 years or 100 days ago--with one touch of the screen. Picture a world in which you can not only see Smithsonian objects online but also hear them and watch them in motion. Or imagine learning that Smithsonian astrophysicists discovered a new,…
Descriptors: Museums, Strategic Planning, Educational Objectives, Institutional Mission
Smithsonian Institution, 2015
This document outlines the Smithsonian Institution's plan to provide increased public access to certain peer-reviewed scholarly publications and supporting digital research data that arise from research funded, in whole or in part, by a federal funding source ("Federally Funded Research Materials" or "FFRM"), consistent with…
Descriptors: Public Agencies, Federal Aid, Research, Access to Information
Smithsonian Institution, 2014
Two big milestones marked 2014 for the Smithsonian Institution. First, Dr. David Skorton was elected 13th Secretary. Academic leader, cardiologist, and musician, Dr. Skorton and his wife, Professor Robin Davisson, come to the Smithsonian from Cornell University. Dr. Skorton has served as Cornell's president since 2006 and holds academic…
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Museums, Exhibits, Arts Centers
Smithsonian Institution, 2014
By digitizing its collections and adopting a wide range of interactive tools, the Smithsonian can engage billions of people worldwide and power collaboration across nations and disciplines. The Smithsonian Institution can share its expertise and resources with K-12 schools and speed scientific discovery by giving scholars ready access to the…
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Electronic Publishing, Electronic Libraries, Access to Information
Smithsonian Institution, 2013
The Smithsonian's rich and vast collections differentiate them from every other museum on the planet, but it is their people that truly distinguish them. From astrophysics and American art to sociology and zoology, they represent a staggering breadth of knowledge and depth of commitment, yet the most exciting thing to watch is what happens when…
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Museums, Exhibits, Disabilities
Smithsonian Institution, 2012
At the Smithsonian, big questions are the common denominators that unite their museums, research centers, and programs. And curiosity is contagious. Today's small child who looks in awe at the big dinosaurs that once roamed the earth and wonders, "What happened?" might just be tomorrow's paleontologist. Among this year's stories is a…
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Museums, Advertising, Exhibits