With researchers and experts sprawling across its nineteen museums, nine research centers, and the National Zoo, the Smithsonian Institution has grown to become "the world's largest museum, education, and research complex." For the first time, the Smithsonian Institution has created a central, searchable directory of their scholarly experts. Launched in October 2018, Smithsonian Profiles is a tool that "outlines the expertise of current Smithsonian-affiliated scholars, connecting its audiences with curators, historians, researchers, and fellows who continually discover new knowledge to share worldwide." Visitors to Smithsonian Profiles can search this resource by keyword or use the interactive map on the main page to choose among the institution's numerous experts currently located in 120 countries and regions. Each researcher highlighted in Smithsonian Profiles has an individual profile page that includes information such as their research projects, educational background, a list of recent research publications, research grants, and awards. While the basic profiles are created automatically from the Smithsonian databases, scholars have the ability to add to their displayed information. As this new tool becomes more widely used, its value to both its visitors and the Smithsonian experts will become even greater.
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