Verifiable Open Badges on the Blockchain

Open Badges on the Blockchain

This document gives an overview of the status, interesting companies and people regarding Verifiable Open Badges on the Blockchain.

What are the advantages of verifiable open badges?

This video gives a good overview:

  • Less fraud
  • Easier to find skills
  • Permanent record without the fear of loss or dependency on the issuer

Companies busy with it

1) MIT, A good example of Badges on the blockchain in action is MIT’s Digital Diploma which makes it possible for students to share their verifiable and tamper-proof diploma digitally

2) Blockcerts. Blockcerts is “an open standard for building apps that issue and verify blockchain-based official records” including academic credentials and professional licenses with data aligning to the Open Badges specification. Blockcert’s open source libraries, tools, and mobile apps were initially developed by MIT’s Media Lab and Learning Machine and they are encouraging community involvement through their community forum and GitHub repo. Some other examples coming out of Learning Machine include the Federation of State Medical Boards which is using Blockcerts to verify medical qualifications, and the Republic of Malta aimed at workforce training credentials.

3) OpenBlockchain. OpenBlockchain is an initiative of the Knowledge Media Institute (KMI) at The Open University in the UK. KMI’s experiments are primarily aimed at higher education institutions in the UK, but they are also working on projects concerning workforce training, peer-to-peer interactions, and the funding of education through blockchain. They are taking a unique approach to Open Badges by experimenting with ways to store and issue them using ethereum.

4) Others to check out are: OpenBlockchain in the UK, ProofofExistence, Unic, Stampery, Tierion, Blocknotary, Gradbase, Dipl, Attores, Accredible, Procivus, CivicKey, SecureKey