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Inside the Smithsonian's plan to reach 1 billion people by 2022

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The Smithsonian has set a new goal of reaching 1 billion people, both in the U.S. and abroad, by 2022. The core of the plan, according to Secretary of the Smithsonian David Skorton, is to bring the museum's collections to those who physically can't visit by digitizing more than 15 million items and making them available online.

Why it matters: Skorton told Axios that their efforts are not only about expanding reach, but also about "convening conversations on topics where the country is struggling and where we have some expertise."