Output O2 – Open Badge Infrastructure
While the current version of the Open Badge Infrastructure is fully operational, there are a number of technical issues that need to be addressed to improve the user experience within Europe. This output focuses on coordinating the efforts of the Open Badges community to provide the best possible infrastructure for Open Badges.
The provision of the Open Badge Infrastructure started with the collection of use cases, i.e. the structured description of processes required for the design, delivery and exploitation of Open Badges. Use cases were used to integrate, configure and adapt the existing tools and services to match the elicited requirements. The requirements that couldn’t be integrated (for example, current issues with the backpack federation) were used to feed-in future developments in the Open Badge Infrastructure. To describe all use cases in one format, a uniform template was developed and published on the OBN portal, so that not only project partners but also members of the Open Badge Network and a larger Open Badges community can download the template, describe their use case and upload it to the OBN portal. Additionally we created a Google Form to enable easy submission and collection of use cases online. Use cases collected within the OBN project can be downloaded from Open Badge Network portal.
Use Cases collected within the OBN project can be downloaded from here compiled in one file: 02-A1 Use Cases_for_OBN_portal.
Here are all use cases as separate files:
02-A1-01 Automatic MOOC Badging
02-A1-02 Badge application for RPL
02-A1-03 Building a portfolio from badges
02-A1-04 Centralised management
02-A1-05 Collaborative design of badges
02-A1-06 Competency Framework 2016
02-A1-07 Diploma Supplement badge
02-A1-08 Employers reviewing badges
02-A1-09 Hygiene management
02-A1-10 Language proficiency badges
02-A1-11 Open Badges in Distance Education
02-A1-12 Open Badges in schools and HE
02-A1-13 Organisations sharing the badges they created
02-A1-14 Presentation and Participation
02-A1-15 Rewarding students with Geo4work project
02-A1-16 Rewarding students who help other students
02-A1-17 Using badges as a way to express social or political statements
02-A1-18 Validation of in-house training
We invite you to share your use case with the OBN Community. Please fill in this googleform to submit information:
Based on the requirements collected in Use Cases (O2-A1), the Open Badge Infrastructure Implementation was produced as a specification of the European Open Badge Infrastructure in cooperation with the international OB community including the Badge Alliance. The specification was published for a public review on the OBN portal. The specification was used to implement the European Open Badge Infrastructure. This document provides an overview of the activities undertaken during the course of the Open Badge Network project to define and shape the next phase of the global Open Badge Standard (especially the currently OB standard version 2.0 issued in 2017) and supporting infrastructure (OBI), based upon the requirements of European stakeholders as captured in the Use Cases. The specification includes OBN contribution to the development of the global OB Standard 2.0 and includes additional services such as the Competency Directory (O2-A3).
This result is a concept and prototype of the semantic Competency Directory. Open Badge Infrastructure configured the elements that were required or beneficial in the European context, including the Competency Directory, which aims at sharing competency definitions across different organisations delivering Open Badges. A demonstrator was provided as a proof of concept and we were looking for additional support from the developers community to move from the proof of concept to a full integration. This document proposes an approach towards the technical interoperability of OpenBadges with unambiguous definitions of competencies based on semantic web meta-data (using the JSON-LD linked data format). The overall goal is to allow systems to detect similarity of defined badges and graph-based dependencies of the competencies linked to the OpenBadges using the unique IRI identifiers of JSON-LD defined competencies for the criteria and alignment fields in BadgeClasses.
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