The Digital Credentials Consortium is exploring how recent advances in credential data standards and cryptographically signed credentials can be used to rethink the way we recognize and transact with academic achievements.
Building on earlier efforts by the participating institutions, we are designing a governance system and technology infrastructure for academic credentials—transforming credentials into tokens of social and human capital that can create new opportunities for participation in education and industry.
As a learner, this will allow you to:
- Maintain a compelling and verifiable record of your lifelong learning achievements to share with employers
- Receive your credentials digitally and safely
- Own all of your credentials forever without having to ask/pay your institution for a transcript ever again
- Compile and curate credentials you receive from multiple educational institutions
For institutions, digital verifiable credentials enable you to:
- Keep and distribute learner records in a way that is easy, safe, and inexpensive
- Remove the risk of identity fraud
- Issue multiple credentials to a single learner easily, using the same streamlined process
The DCC contributes to the efforts of open standards bodies that foster interoperability and collaboration around verifiable credentials including:
- The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Verifiable Credentials for Education Task Force (VC-EDU)
- W3C Credentials Community Working Group
- Open Wallet Foundation
And DCC works with 1EdTech on Open Badges and the Comprehensive Learner Record.
Through the convening of stakeholders representing higher education, workforce boards, human resources platforms, advocacy groups and think tanks, the DCC, along with the strategic communications support of NationSwell, is collaborating on mapping the Learning and Employment Record (LER) Ecosystem. This collaboration will produce a digital tool mapping the LER lifecycle and the workstreams and interactions between key stakeholders, including the value proposition for learners, administrators, and employers.
Open Source Software
All of the software developed by DCC for issuing and verifying credentials, its wallet and verifier, and underlying libraries are open source and available on Github.
The DCC maintains open source software and code libraries to issue verifiable academic digital credentials. Organizations and individuals can run stand alone credential issuing software or integrate DCC libraries to issue credentials from their own locally developed software.
Wallet for Digital Academic Credentials
The DCC Learner Credential Wallet (LCW) is an open source mobile application for storing and sharing academic achievements with verifiable credentials that is available for iOS and Android.
Verification of Digital Academic Credentials
Supported digital academic credentials can be verified at DCC’s VerifierPlus website. This fully functional verifier is one of many verification sites we envision for digital academic credentials.
The DCC maintains a number of registries to enable a verifier to confirm that a given Verifiable Credential was signed by a known issuer. DCC’s registries include:
- DCC Member Registry: For DCC Member production issuers
- DCC Pilot Registry: For DCC Member pilots
- Community Registry: For community members, curated by the DCC
- Sandbox Registry: For testing only