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Workshop - Semantic value and Discovery - OB Challenges (3)
Thursday, 26/Oct/2017:

Session Chair: Bert Jehoul
Location: Main Room

4. Open Discovery

Key challenge: How to discover people, competencies, resources, service providers, etc. based on the data generated through Open Recognition while preserving the anonymity?

Statement: Search of talents is mainly confined within silos where participants are not in control of their data. Open Discovery means that it is possible to expose one’s data publicly and anonymously, independently from service providers, so that a variety of services, including services unknown to the data owner, can search the data to provide services.

 8. Semantic value

Key challenge: How can we write criteria that contain semantic information, so they can be processed by computers to provide meaningful information to humans?

Statement: Today, the criteria field in Open Badges is simple text and is created by the issuer. The semantic value is nil.

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Linking Open Badges with ESCO: an Auto Badge Designer built during #oSoc17

Bert Jehoul1, Vincent Van Malderen2, Agis Papantoniou3, Christine Copers5, Bart Hanssens5, Johan Potums4, Pierre-Alexandre Blanc4, Niels Dewelde4, Eva Jacobs4, Pol Labaut4, Eveline Vlassenroot4

1Selor , Open Knowledge Belgium; 2Jobpunt; 3CogniZone; 4oSoc17; 5Bosa Digital Transformation

For the Summer of Code event (http://2017.summerofcode.be/) we have developed an interface to link Open Badges to ESCO (https://ec.europa.eu/esco/portal/news/4c7a4fea-5dc7-46f0-9bda-0cfdcf345c74).


Giving non IT people a user-friendly tool to create and issue visually attractive, ready to use badges while exploring the possible ways to link them with the ESCO taxonomy and, in doing that, testing the potential of ESCO; that is the scope of the Be Badges project.
Our team of students developed and came up, as they would in a professional labour context, with solutions to create digital badges i.e. an auto badge designer to be used in Belgium i.e. Be Badges but also, in the future, use that experience as a first step to promote the concept of digital badges as a beneficial tool to further enhance mobility in the European labour market.

They tackled several aspects in developing the Be Badges such as the issuing of the badges (via blockchain or other means), the representation of the skills and how they are related to occupations, the preservation of the badges or the aspect of trustworthiness and recognition of the badges.

During their work, they wereable to rely on the experience of Cognizone and its partners (see below) in the different IT domains that digital badges involve.


This year, Cognizone was partnering with:

  • Be Badges – an Open Badges inspired platform powered by
  • Bosa DG R&O (former SELOR) – the Belgian Federal Government institution responsible for screening, recruiting, training & career guidance of Federal civil servants;
  • Bosa DG DT (former Fedict) , the Belgian Federal Government institution for Digital Transformation with a strong expertise on Open Data, and
  • Jobpunt Vlaanderen, the HR partner of governmental organisations in Flanders and a leading organisation in bringing the innovation of Open Badges to the labour market,

To assist and sponsor a team of 5 students on the very exciting Be Badges project and bring them our expertise and knowledge on linked open data, data management and on the soon to be published ESCO classification.

For more information on the Open Summer of Code 2017 please follow this link and Be Badges on Twitter.

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