Output 1 established the Framework and Leadership for the Open Badge Network (OBN) to enable the network to grow across Europe and ultimately become sustainable past the end of the project. This included establishing a clear Mission and Charter that underpinned the project.
The Open Badge Network Framework provides an overview of what Open Badges are and how they are being used. It collates information, research and tools from across the Open Badge community and provides a way for Open Badge Network members to navigate their way into the Open Badges world. We welcomed ongoing feedback and contributions from OBN members and the document was regularly updated as the project developed. Throughout the Open Badge Network project, the aim of O1-A1 has been to provide the Framework for Open Badge Network partners and associate partners to develop their knowledge and understanding of Open Badges and to enable them to drive adoption across Europe. This has included sharing ongoing research, case studies and tools collected and developed from across the OBN partnership. This result is designed to help the European community easily navigate the outputs produced in the Open Badge Network and find the support and guidance needed to take their Open Badge work forward!
The Open Badge Network Charter is based on the initial version of the Framework (O1-A1) and has been designed to serve as a foundation for the recruitment of associated partners. The Charter outlines the mission and the guiding principles on which the Open Badge Network as a project and a network are developed. The mission laid out in the OBN Chapter is: “To establish Open Badge Network as a trusted source of independent information, tools and informed practice, facilitating a badge ecosystem to be developed across Europe.” This Mission and the Charter itself have been published on the Open Badge Network portal (About us > Mission and Charter). All persons and organisations interested to become members of Open Badge Network are asked to agree to support the Charter as a precondition to join the network via the OBN portal and to support and advocate this Charter when becoming the member of the Open Badge Network.
As a member of the Open Badge Network you are welcome to invite persons and organisations interested in Open Badges to become the OBN member using the following invitation letter:
This result is dedicated to Open Badge Network associated partners and outlines what associate partners are and how Open Badge Network recruits and works with associated partners. Associate Partners are organisations and individuals who advocated the Charter and contributed towards the strategic development of OBN across Europe. Associated partners were identified from within the Open Badge Network membership. O1-A3 provides a reference point to support the recruitment of associated partners, is used to invite associated partners through the mailing list of project partners and to create public information for associate partners on the Open Badge Network portal. This document also provides a template invitation for project and associated partners to be shared with their networks and contacts (snowball method). A list of Associate Partners is available via the OBA Portal and further details are included in the OBN dissemination matrix in O6.
This results defines the Statutes for the Open Badge Network including the Vision, the Mission and the Goals. O1-A4 is closely linked to the business plan as it describes the statutes for the sustainability of Open Badge Network. The Statues provision is that the Steering Committee will take over governance over OBN project results and the OBN community on September 1, 2017, under the name “Open Badge Network”. The virtual seat of the network will be the portal: www.openbadgenetwork.com The Open Badge Network will start functioning as an informal network continuing the work commenced within the project lifetime. At a later stage a legal status might be considered. At the start, September 1, 2017, the Steering committee will be formed by representatives of the original OBN project partners: Beuth University. CamProf, DigitalMe, EDEN, ITeE, ARTES, DUO. In a later stage, the composition o the Steering Group may change. The chair of the Steering Committee is Beuth University Berlin.
This result informed the design of the business plan for the sustainability of the European Open Badge Network. O1-A5 presents different models for sustaining the OBN project. It also outlines the function of the Steering Committee which is the body to take over the leadership of the Open Badge Network beyond the funding of the project. OBN members and associated partners have been invited to contribute their views on this document. This contribution was fundamental to help shape the structure of the European Open Badge Network beyond the funding of the project. The discussion supported that the Steering Committee has to be composed of representatives of each partner organisations and plays a key role in laying out the business plan and taking over the leadership of the Open Badge Network beyond the funding of the project.
This result is dedicated to the business plan to ensure the sustainability of the Open Badge Network. The Business Plan has been designed to support the institutionalisation of the Open Badge Network in the next phase of the Open Badge Network, i. e. after the funding of the project. The Business Plan took into account the feedback received from the discussion of the Green Paper on how to establish the foundations of self-sustainability of the Open Badge Network. The Business Plan was informed by the status of the Open Badge landscape, the European network of partners and their requirements at the point of writing.